Can I Experiment with Herbs?Pharmaceuticals have a strong action and are often addictive. Typically, the home user will not experiment with pharmaceuticals. On the other hand most people people find herbs less intense in action than pharmaceuticals and safe for experimentation. Herbs will often make you feel a bit sick or 'off' before they cause any real damage or harm. For example you might feel nausea, a headache, or a little emotional. When you feel these signs you should stop taking the herb. It's that simple. There are a few herbs that are more potent and dangerous, but this is the exception not the rule (ex 1 - chitrak, ex 2 - Senna, ex 3 - Poke Root).
It's also important to remember that every individuals reaction to herbs is unique, so be sure to check with your doctor before starting a new herb. Those who are pregnant, the elderly, and those with a weak constitution should exercise greater caution when experimenting with herbs. Be sure to do your research, and know the indications and contra-indications of an herb before you take.
Pharmaceutical InteractionsLike anything you put in your body, some herbs will affect the potency of a pharmaceutical by either increasing or decreasing its effectiveness. Do not stop any medicines or regimens that you are currently on that were prescribed by your primary care provider without their knowledge and approval.
Please check with your primary care provider before starting a new herb to make sure it is safe for you.
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