Throughout history, herbs have been associated with myths, legends, folklore, medicinal and culinary uses. But unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about herbal medicine and not all information is reliable and verified. In this article, let's debunk some myths about herbs
1. Herbs have to be taken for weeks or months before they start working.
Many assume that herbs and herbal products only work when taken in large amounts over long periods of time.
This is not so. All herbs work differently, but in most cases, even taking one dose of the recommended herb can have significant results or even immediate relief.
2. It is always better to use herbs fresh rather than dry.
This misinformation can be a dangerous misconception because some herbs, when used fresh, are toxic and cause harm to the body. These types of herbs may require drying and aging for extended periods of time before they are safe to use.
3. Each herb cures only one particular disease.
It was once thought that saw palmetto could only be taken by men because it was used for prostate health, but studies have since found that it is also beneficial for women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Herbal products contain many different active chemicals, which allows almost all medicinal herbs to be used multiple times and for different ailments, diseases and problems
4. Herbs have no side effects.
Although herbs themselves are natural, not all products containing them are tested or regulated. The provenance of herbal products is extremely important. There are dishonest traders who offer untested products that can be dangerous to health.
The rule about herbs is that in some forms herbs can also be dangerous, for example peppermint, although it is used to aid digestion as an herb, when in oil form it can be toxic.
There are many gentle tonic herbs that are generally safe and non-toxic. They are safe for most people and have no contraindications.
Herbs and herbal products vary in potency, and many plants are toxic in high doses, but when given in the proper dose by a qualified herbalist, even some can be effective treatments for certain conditions.
Herbs contain natural chemical properties that can be used for treatment. These chemicals also have potential risks, as some can harm the body, especially when used incorrectly, the recipient has an allergy, or they are not recommended for pregnant women.
5. Herbal products are expensive.
This is not exactly right.
Herbal products and the price we pay for them is a reflection of the costs required to bring that herb to the market.
Someone has to grow them, pick them, process them, produce them and put them on the shelf. They must also be tested before they can be sold. So some of them are even sold very cheap and affordable in this comparison.
Of course you can always replace some of your lawn with growing your own herbs and with little extra effort and knowledge you can produce your own remedies. Then only you will know the value and the cost of a herbal remedy. And the healing effect of it to yourself and others.
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