Nowadays, most of the people want to use medicines which don’t have any side effects or problems. This situation makes people to shift to use of herbal medicines as they believe that they are safe and effective for health. In addition, many of them still have impractical myths relating to herbs. However, people should be aware of the fact that herbal products are not necessarily safe and effective just because they are natural. Let us see briefly about herbal medicines in this article.
What is Herbal Medicine?
Herbal medicine is a type of medical treatment that uses herb or herb extracts for therapeutic purposes or to treat the different diseases suffered by people. This medical practice is also known as “traditional medicine”, “botanical medicine”, “phytomedicine” and “natural medicine”. This type of treatment is the oldest type of practice but, most widely used in all cultures and societies. In olden days people used to buy ayurvedic herbs to treat their various diseases.
Why People Still Have Misconceptions About Herbal Medicines?
One of the main reasons that people still have herb myths and most of the people have common misconception about herbs are all because herbs are natural ingredients and not drugs. They also believe that when the medicine is prepared from such natural herbs or herbal extracts, they will treat all types of diseases with no side effects as they possess magical therapeutic properties.
In addition to the above myths, people believing many other factors and misconceptions about ayurvedic herbal products. Poor Regulatory Administration, limited scientific studies, availability as over the counter (OTC) products in pharmacies and huge advertising from marketers as natural with no adverse effects are some of the major reasons for developing these misconceptions.
Why Use of Herbal Medicine Could Be Harmful to You?
If you are thinking to treat some of your problems using herbal medicine, it is necessary to know that these herbal medicines too have risks based on your usage. According to one of the articles of World Health Organization (WHO), herbal product or supplement could be risky and dangerous, if it is taken improperly without consulting doctors or taken with combination of other medicines like allopathic medicines etc. This actually means that drug and herb combination will cause many problems which are dangerous to your health.
Thus, WHO recommends people to use herbal medicines after consulting doctors and ensure that the herbal medicine you are going to consume safe for health and will not cause any side effects as well as safe to use in combination with other allopathic drugs.