There’s a good chance you’re a fan of herbal medicine.
You can find herbal remedies for everything from migraines to depression, but herbal medicine is gaining some traction as a new class of products is being marketed and sold.
But is it really a good alternative?
For a number of reasons, including the fact that it’s not a natural remedy and doesn’t have a proven track record, it’s likely that herbal medicine has yet to truly become a viable alternative for some people.
“There’s a lot of hype around this herbal medicine,” says Dr. James DeLuca, a licensed holistic physician and herbal medicine advocate.
“A lot of people think it’s just the natural way to treat everything.
But there’s no evidence that it works or helps anything.”
For one, herbal medicines are extremely potent.
“I’m not talking about the high dose or the dosage, but the effects,” DeLucas says.
“If you have a very high dosage of this, it can cause the body to react to it in ways that can be harmful.”
The effects of herbal medicines range from the mild to the severe, including allergic reactions and death.
So while it may be a great alternative to prescription drugs, it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be able to live a normal life.
“I think the whole concept of herbalism and natural medicine is something that needs to be reconsidered,” DeLeonas says, “because it’s really not proven.”
“The problem with herbalism is that it doesn’t work,” says DeLucac.
“You can get the same effect with natural remedies, but you don’t get the benefits.”
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