Herbal Supplements

Herbal Supplements

Herbal Supplements
Herbal supplements are dietary supplements derived from nature. Herbal plants or parts of a plant are broken down and used for their scent, flavor and therapeutic benefits. When taken as a supplement, they can deliver strong benefits, however, herbal supplements are not regulated by the FDA and can have dangerous side effects. They act like drugs once in your system and can affect metabolism, circulation and excretion of other substances in your body. It is important to discuss with your doctor if you are on prescription medications, are breastfeeding or have chronic illnesses and want to add herbal supplements to your health regimen.

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    The herb Coleus forskohlii comes from India and is sometimes recommended to treat asthma. While there is some evidence that it might work, it cannot be given a wholehearted recommendation. As presently sold, the herb is more like a drug than an herb. Natural Coleus forskohlii contains small amounts of a potent substance called forskolin. However, manufacturers deliberately modify the herb to dramatically increase its forskolin content. Forskolin appears to be safe, but more studies need to be undertaken before it can be recommended for self-treatment.
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    Tea tree oil is the essential oil distilled from Melaleuca alternifolia. Tea tree oil has mostly been studied for its antiseptic, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties. Some studies have reported benefits for skin conditions including methicillin resistant staph (MRSA), acne, and fungal infections. One small trial showed tea tree oil to be as effective as benzoyl peroxide for acne. Furthermore, dental studies show that it may inhibit organisms that are responsible for periodontal disease.

    It is important to use a standardized therapeutic essential oil to the antimicrobial compound terpinen-4-ol. Due to the fact that essential oils are more potent than herbs, only a small amount is needed and you should dilute it when applying for the first time to ascertain your skin’s response.
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    For the homeopathic treatment of arthritis, guaiacum is suitable for people whose symptoms include rheumatic affections of the small joints, especially the wrists and fingers. These symptoms may be worse from warmth and better from cold applications.
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    Nettle (urtica dioica) has been used for years in Germany as a safe treatment of arthritis. In a study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, researchers at the University of Plymouth applied stinging nettle leaves to the hands of 27 arthritis sufferers. After one week, they found that stinging nettles not only significantly reduced pain, but also that the level of that pain stayed lower through most of the treatment. They concluded that nettles contain serotonin and histamine, both neurotransmitters that affect pain perception and transmission at the nerve endings.
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    Country mallow is an unsafe dietary supplement derived from the root, leaves and/or seeds of a shrub native to India. It is also called heartleaf and heartleaf sida. It contains ephedrine which has been linked to serious side effects including hypertension, myocardial infarction (MI), seizure and stroke. It has been used for many things including weight loss. The claim is that it causes you to burn more calories. It is banned in the US.

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    Very few people are ever deficient in chromium. Taking supplemental chromium in moderate amounts seems to have very little risk. No serious bad side effects from a high intake of chromium have been reported. The Institute of Medicine has not set an upper limit for chromium, meaning even high doses may be safe.

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    The most common broom supplement is Butcher's broom, made from the root of the Ruscus aculeatus plant.

    Broom is sold in capsules, topical preparations and combined with other herbal ingredients in some remedies. Ruscogenin, one of the active ingredients, has anti-inflammatory effects.
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    If you need a pick-me-up, forgo energy drinks, which are often loaded with caffeine. Instead, try cordyceps mushroom, an herbal ingredient widely used in traditional Chinese medicine. Available in extract form, it contains a critical chemical that boosts the body’s energy production and helps alleviate fatigue. Take 3 mg of cordyceps mushroom extract per day. Available online and at health food stores.

    This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com.
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    Malic acid, derived from the food you eat, may play a key role in energy production, especially for those with arthritis and related diseases. In several studies, patients with fibromyalgia syndrome and other types of arthritis took malic acid. Within 48 hours of supplementation, almost all had improvement in pain. Likewise, upon discontinuation of malic acid for 48 hours, the improvement was lost.
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    Because water-soluble chlorophyll is not absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, its use is limited to soothing the gastrointestinal tract and reducing fecal odor. It is approved for use in reducing the fecal odor associated with a colostomy, which is the removal of the colon and replacement with a small collection bag outside the body. The beneficial effect of water-soluble chlorophyll in this case is largely due to its astringent qualities, that is, its ability to attract water.

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