Health Products

Herbal products and supplements are well-known in the health industry. They comprise of different herbs that people used for health problems.

The Food and Drug Administration approves some herbal products and supplements even though these have some side effects. These health products are available in different forms such as capsules, liquid, tea bags, and powder. Garlic, black cohosh and saw palmetto are one of the most common herbal supplements.

Some of the common herbal products or supplements have certain used:

Ginseng– This herb can boost your immune system and can be used to treat common colds and flu. This can also reduce stress and can lower the levels of your blood sugar and cholesterol.
Cinnamon– This herb can treat swelling, wounds and can relieve common colds. Cinnamon can also lower the risk of heart problems.
Chamomile– If you are having a sleeping problem, this herb might help you to have a good sleep quality. This herb can also hasten the healing process of a wound, treat ulcer and reduce muscle pain.

Are herbal products and supplement safe to use?
Herbal products and supplements are much safer than over-the-counter medicines. Herbal products and supplements are natural but it doesn’t mean that there are no side effects. There might be some ingredients that can cause health problems or serious side effects.
Are herbal supplements and products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration?
Herbal products and supplements are categorized as food and not medicine. FDA doesn’t have any assurance on the effectiveness of the product. It depends on the manufacturer if their herbal products work.
How can I find out what is in a herbal product or supplement?
To know what your herbal products and supplements contain, check the label. Read and understand the labels so you can use them properly. FDA requires the manufacturer to have reliable information about the supplement. You may note the following:

Name and the address of the manufacturer or distributor.
Amount of product or supplement in the container or package
Name of the product or supplement.
Complete list of ingredients.

If you don’t see them in the label, do not purchase it.
How can I use herbal products and supplements safely?
Before taking herbal products and supplements, read carefully the instructions on the labels. Better consult a doctor before using it.

Remember to use the right amount and store it in a proper place where children can’t reach them. Do not expose them to direct sunlight. Always check the expiration date to avoid serious side effects.
Can I use herbal products and supplements if I have some health problems?
It is not safe to take herbal products and supplements in some health problems, if you are breastfeeding, or pregnant. The risk of serious side effects is usually seen in children and the older ones. Consult a doctor for recommendations.
Can herbal products or supplements change the way other medicines work?
If you are thinking whether herbal products or supplements can change the way your medicines work, then yes they can change. So if you are planning to take herbal products and are already taking other medicines, consult a doctor first.

Herbal products or supplements have many benefits such as strengthening the immune system, natural healing and are even more convenient than regular medicines. But also be aware of some side effects and, if these progress, stop taking them and consult a doctor.

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