The herbal remedies approach is very similar to the medical industry approach (but in a natural form) as these supplements usually contain various types of herbs to “naturally treat” or artificially stimulate neurotransmitters in your brain… Herbal remedies supplements have been used to cure a whole host of ailments in their time, as this was the original precursor to actual medical science today. Yes, herbs do have the power to aid and abate symptoms of a whole host of illnesses and ailments, and are often used as an alternative to prescription drugs. …show more
The question often asked though, is if your body sees both herbal supplements and drugs as very similar, then why take the risk on an herbal substance, when you can take a highly tested and regulated drug? The answer? See what your doctor says and do your own research.
What can herbal supplements do for you?
Depending on your ailment and the herb you’re using, the results can be substantial in some cases. Many times these herbal supplements have been shown to increase your level of concentration, make you more mentally aware and alert, boost your brain functioning, including your memory and sense of well-being and have shown improvement in your bodies circulatory system. Herbs have a whole host of medicinal properties very similar to the results of more regulated and ‘safer’ prescription drugs.
There are also many different kinds of herbs and all of them vary in appearance, intensity and medicinal properties. Some of the less potent ones can be; Ginkgo biloba, cayenne pepper, ginseng, alfalfa, kelp and thousands more.
Some herbal supplements are formulated as a culmination of herbs, vitamins and minerals, while others may be solely for a higher concentration of one particular herb. Why is this useful or better than the blended formulation? Its all personal preference, but when dealing with only one specific herb, it could help to avoid an allergic reaction as then you know exactly what you are taking and how much.
Other possible challenges (like the multi-vitamin approach) are it may be difficult to actually get a formulation of herbs through the blood brain barrier, as most herbal supplements would never be found naturally in our whole-food proteins.
Understand, herbal supplements should be taken seriously, like any other medicine or medical product. Women who are pregnant or nursing need to be careful, as some of these herbs are not meant to be given to a fetus or a newborn. There are also some chemical interactions with herbal remedies and medications that are given over the counter, so ask your doctor or pharmacist to help you navigate these waters to help avoid any problems. …show less