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Do You Use Herbal Remedies?

I ran into a friend this week who was on his way to an herbal medicine shop to bulk up on tinctures and teas because his wife is sick.

I've dabbled a little bit with herbal remediesginger for an upset stomach and echinacea for a cold — but not to the extent that he and his wife do. He said that for minor illnesses they only use herbal remedies, and that they're more effective than drugstore meds.

I'm still dubious about herbal remedies because the research is a bit spotty, but I think there may be some benefits to their use. What do you think of them? If you've had any experiences with using herbal remedies, share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I use Echinacea when I have a cold. Valerian tea/pills for when I have insomnia (better than reaching for the drugs, the tea is quite tasty actually!) and Magnesium supplements when I have my period. If it's anything too bad I go to the doc and see what he says, he's the sort of doctor who won't give me antibiotics for a viral infection so I know he wont give me anything I didn't need.
LexyAn LexyAn 7 years
I've wanted to learn more about herbal remedies and use them more often. Since I stopped drinking, I've been wanting to keep as few toxins in my body as possible.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I use a lot of herbal remedies/supplements for minor ailments and many of them really work. I use vitex to help my cramps every month, St. John's wort to help my mood, cinnamon to help my blood sugar, and if I occasionally get constipated, I swear by senna tea.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I don't use too many herbal remedies. Recently I've been taking cinnamon to see if that will lower my blood glucose levels, but so far it hasn't helped.
MariahGem MariahGem 7 years
Uhm, no. I trust scientists with degrees and years of experience first. Thanks.
2muchtv 2muchtv 7 years
My entire family does ayurveda first, and then Western. Much modem medicine relies on native cures, then isolates the active compound to gain the desired effects (look at willow bark and aspirin/ASA tablets). My sister and I used to doubt every time my mom says "this is good for you, it's for health", but as more studies come out on turmeric, chili powder, neem, ginger, cinnamon, I keep going "oh, crap, my mom was right". It's good to try the natural form of the cure, before upping the attack with the pure compound.
kia kia 7 years
When I was in a science program in grad school I found myself gravitating over to the ethno-botany lab a lot. I do not think science is omniscient especially with many holistic studies. Funding for many studies comes from pharmaceutical companies (either directly or indirectly), what is the impetus for funding research of holistic products unless they can be packaged and sold? Personally I do have an apothecary I trust and visit for advice and products. I keep a few holistic items in my first aid arsenal and they work for me and my family.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 7 years
My parents buy some from their country I believe or make home remedies but I haven't really tried them or have been skeptical. I'd be interested in doing so, maybe finding a holistic doctor first. It would be cool to learn more.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 7 years
I've tried herbal remedies for my allergies, for sinus infections, and stomach upset. I use them because I would rather put natural products in my body than synthetic whenever possible.
minka minka 7 years
i wasn't the biggest believer in herbal stuff until i discovered dr schulze. the product that sold me is his digestive tonic. its a miracle worker, no joke. if you have any sort of stomach issues it helps so much. its peppermint, fennel, and ginger, all herbs you'd find in a stomach tea for example. after a few drops in water my nausea or gas goes away in ten minutes. my friends are all obsessed too. so i do think herbs have their place. why not try and treat your body naturally if you can?
MizzCia MizzCia 7 years
Western science is only a few hundred years old while lots of herbal remedies have been used for thousands of years! My only suggestion is finding someone who knows about and how to use these remedies before trying them yourself. I hate the thought of putting artificial and potentially dangerous man-made chemicals into my body, which most often only dull my symptoms. I found that herbal remedies are much more effective at actually curing colds and such.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 7 years
I have had very good results with holistic medicine and some very bad results with traditional medical practices. However, there are times when the two need to be integrated... but I will always go the holistic route first. Of course it helps that I have a sibling who is a holistic doctor!
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
I've used a lot of herbal remedies and they have helped me tremendously. I always try to look for natural alternatives before using chemical drugs. I don't believe you can cure things like cancer with them, but if they work for less severe things, I would always choose the natural way.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I have found that if I have headaches/migraines for more than a day or two, I go to a chiropractor to get an adjustment rather than continue taking pills. That almost always gets rid of the headaches/migraines. And since getting this one spinal adjustment - my nighttime indigestion went away. When I can't sleep or I have really bad anxiety, I drink Celestial Seasonings - Tension Tamer tea and it really does make me feel calmer. Not sure if it's a psychological or physical reaction to drinking the tea but it does work for me. I see the benefit of some folklore medicine, especially since a lot of modern medicine has come from medical research that isolated the effective chemical compound in a natural remedy (like codeine and other pain pills deriving the compound from asian poppy, which has been used for thousands of years as a natural pain remedy). But on the other hand, I think a lot of the natural wellness market uses ingredients that have not really been tested enough or that makes claims that can't be substantiated.
syako syako 7 years
Yes to some extent. My husband grew up in Ukraine and it's very common to treat minor illnesses with herbs. I find that activated coal is one of the best and fastest ways to deal with indigestion and bloating for me.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
Many herbal remedies have worked for me, and a few have not.
michlny michlny 7 years
I fully believe in herbal remedies and believe the science may not be there b/c there is no money given for research. The anecdotal evidence is certainly there. Kristints -- where do you get the recommendations from? Do you go to a specialist or do your own research?
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
This sounds like my dad. His medicine cabinet at home resembles a GNC store. It makes me a little worried since there's no telling how herbal remedies react to one another, due to the lack of regulation. He seems to think they're great. I tried feverfew for migraines a couple years ago but didn't really notice a difference. I also didn't do a good job of remembering to take it every day, though.
kristints kristints 7 years
I take lots of herbal remedies and usually if something is ailing me, I go to herbal remedies before resorting to pharmaceuticals. I take some basics everyday, a food based multi, algae based calcium, vitamin d-3, flax seed oil capsule, hair skin & nails and grape seed extract but I also am currently taking some others to help with my PMS and by PMS, I mean I go CRAZY. My mother says that I become a rabid animal 2 weeks before my period. That's only a slight exaggeration... Only kidding. ;-D Anyway, for that I'm taking vitex (sometimes called chaste tree), b complex and evening primrose oil and they have helped immensely so I definitely believe in herbal remedies.
Merlin713 Merlin713 7 years
I've tried everything when it comes to my stomach issues. I've also found that the herbal things really didn't work for least not long term. In order to get the full effects of some of the things I wanted to take, I'd have to keep increasing the dose by a lot. I would have gone broke.
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