Disadvantages of herbal medicine
Herbal preparations, prepared independently, can really help with many diseases. However, this advantage comes with a major disadvantage. Belief in the gifts of nature pushes people to completely abandon traditional methods of therapy.
Not all diseases can be cured with herbs. They will not be able to replace antibiotics and antitumor drugs, they will not eliminate caries, they will not expel parasites.
Doctors note that taking herbal homemade medicines can even lead to negative consequences:
• allergies to individual ingredients;
• unpredictable reactions to plant combinations;
• overdose due to incorrect dosage calculation;
• poisoning with poisonous specimens mistaken for medicinal ones;
• aggravation of other diseases.
Often, people who treat cystitis with cranberry juice end up in the hospital with a stomach ulcer, and supporters of the treatment of gastritis with St. John’s wort end up in the cardiology department with a hypertensive crisis.
Phytotherapy classes require extensive knowledge. It is not enough to remember which plant helps against which diseases. It should also be borne in mind that its use can affect other organs and systems.
Rules for collecting herbs for treatment
Herbal preparations, teas, ready-made syrups can be found in a pharmacy. However, true advocates of herbal treatment prefer to collect raw materials on their own. They know a large number of rules and strictly follow them.
Here are some:
• Pick the right time to collect. The bark is collected during the period of sap flow, the roots – either in early spring (before germination) or in late autumn (after the shoots die off), the buds – until they have blossomed, the leaves – before flowering, the flowers – during flowering.
• Assess the condition. The leaves should not be damaged, and the flowers should not be wilted. Roots up to 3 cm in diameter are suitable, thicker ones are not, because they are devoid of nutrients.
• Consider the weather. You need to go for grass in dry weather – after the dew has disappeared, the bark, on the contrary, is collected in humid conditions.
• Use a basket. Cellophane bags are not suitable for this purpose: the plants in them will quickly begin to rot.
Experienced herbalists never collect raw materials for future use. At one time, they bring as much as they can process: rinse, dry, place in a dry and ventilated place.
Principles of effective herbal treatment
Although we are talking about alternative medicine, it is also based on a scientific approach. If you systematically approach the preparation of a therapeutic regimen, you can get the desired results.
The main principles that phytotherapists adhere to are:
• Use of small doses. It helps to control the reactions of the body. Doses can be increased gradually.
• Gradual complication of composition. First, it is better to use single-component drugs to track their effect. Multi-component fees are introduced over time – as you become familiar with individual ingredients.
• Accounting for the time of day. Tonic plants should be taken in the morning, invigorating – in the evening in order to avoid jet lag. Infusions and decoctions with a diuretic effect are drunk in the morning so as not to get up at night.
• Reasonable combination. Herbs should be combined with each other and not harm other organs.
The most important principle is the secondary nature of phytotherapy in relation to the traditional one. The main therapy should proceed within the framework of official medicine and under the supervision of a doctor. Folk remedies are allowed as an addition to the main treatment and support during the rehabilitation period.