How to take herbal supplements?
Herbal supplements, also referred to as “botanicals” or ”Natural herbs”, have been used for medicinal purposes for many centuries in all countries and they continue to gain popularity among consumers every single day. Herbal supplements are products derived from plants and/or their oils, roots, seeds, berries or flowers.
There are several factors to consider prior to using these natural supplemental herbs.
Taking herbs is a fundamentally different process than taking pharmaceuticals. When we take herbal tablets, our bodies are developing an intimate relationship with the plants that have been dried and prepared in each tablet. Its like taking natural energy into your body. When taking herbs, the results can either be immediate and quite dramatic, or they can be far more subtle and cumulative but in majority of cases are pretty safe. It all depends on the interplay between your body, the imbalances at play and the herbs in question. Unlike prescription drugs, herbs are best used to check imbalance in the body and bring it back. Often times they best work as a prevention and are safe for long term use with none or very minimal side effects.
In Canada Natural herbs which are sold as capsules and tablets come under the umbrella of NHP and they have to pass stringent testing to receive an NPN number (Natural product number) which deems it safe for consumers and have completed all requirements by Health Canada. Other formats they are available are tinctures, powders etc which could be labelled Organic, Gmo free, vegan etc
Natural health products (NHPs) are defined in the Regulations as vitamins and minerals, herbal remedies, homeopathic medicines, traditional medicines (like Traditional Chinese Medicines), probiotics, and other products like amino acids and essential fatty acids.
Our team is educated in the area of prescribed drugs as well as natural supplements. If you want to start taking a natural supplement and are not sure how it might interact with any other medications, reach out to out team and we will be able to help you make an informed decision.
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