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How to Take Herbal Supplements

Herbal supplements in a wooden spoon and herbal oils in small glass jars.

Herbal supplements, also known as botanicals or natural herbs, have been used for medicinal purposes for many centuries worldwide. They continue to gain popularity every day among consumers. Herbal supplements are products derived from plants and their oils, roots, seeds, berries and flowers. 

There are several factors to consider before using these natural supplemental herbs.

Taking herbs is a fundamentally different process than taking pharmaceuticals. When we take herbal tablets, our bodies develop an intimate relationship with the plants that have been dried and prepared in each tablet. It's like taking natural energy into your body. When taking herbs, the results can either be immediate and dramatic, or they can be subtle and cumulative. The majority of cases are relatively 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. Herbal supplements work best as prevention and are safe for long-term use with none or very minimal side effects.

In Canada, Natural herbs sold as capsules and tablets come under the umbrella of NHP and have to pass stringent testing to receive an NPN number (Natural product number) which deems it safe for consumers and has completed all requirements by Health Canada. Other formats they are available in are tinctures, powders etc., which could be labelled Organic, GMO-free, vegan, etc.

Natural health products (NHPs) are defined 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 and experienced 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 our team and we will be able to help you make an informed decision.

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