Herbal remedies should be safe and work too!

A friend recently got The Lion’s Roar and raised the issue of safety. I’ve written about this before, but it bears repeating. Herbs are powerful agents. That’w why they’ve been used around the world for thousands of years. That’s why they are the basis for many of our western pharmaceuticals. It’s why plants in completely unconnected parts of the world with similar chemical structures are used for the same conditions. They work and they work well.

That should not be confused with their having no drug interactions, nor should it be confused with irresponsible consumerism.  So when Kev asked about potential drug interactions with medicines he was taking I was glad. He will double check with his doctor, of course. 

Anyway, what struck me about this asthma and upper respiratory remedy was the amazingly high level of safety and overall health benefits. 

Bottom line was this: the worst any of these herbs do is strengthen the heart muscle, lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels and thin the blood.  Duuh.

Potential drug interaction is not necessarily a bad thing. It’s just not an area where you want any surprises! If you’re already on high blood pressure medication it might be good to have a natural remedy that has been scientifically proven to do the same thing.  To do that, you need to be working in conjunction with your doctor for sure, and perhaps other health care professionals as well. And you personally need to stay informed and act accordingly.

Natural health care, handled properly can sometimes take a village. 

 

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