Things to avoid when using herbs.

1.) You do not tell your doctors about the herbs or supplements you are taking. Or you stop taking medications on your own. Many herbs interact with common medicine and can take a serious toll on your health.
2.) You do not take your herbs and supplements daily. It is very important to take your supplements and herbs daily as recommended to see if they are working or not. One common mistake is when a person starts taking a supplement and then skips the next day and then takes it the next. Then after awhile you move on to the next herb because it didn’t have a reaction.
3.) You take herbs and supplements before or after surgery. Your surgeon needs to know about all the herbs and supplements that you are taking. This prevents complications. Herbs and supplements can interact with the anaesthestic or cause excessive bleeding. One researcher at the Columbia University’s Department of Plastic Surgery recommends that all herbs and supplements be discontinued 2 to 3 weeks before the surgery.The herbs they identified as some of the most risky yet commonly used include:
ginkgo
garlic
ginseng
ginger
glucosamine and chondroitin
coenzyme q10
saw palmetto
omega-3 fatty acids, flax seed oil, fish oil
danshen
feverfew
ephedra/ma huang
goldenseal
chamomile
kava kava
St. john’s wort
licorice
valerian
vitamin E
4.)You take herbal laxatives or “dieter’s teas” to induce regular bowel movements. People can become dependent and use them for months or even years at a time. However laxatives such as senna should not be used for longer than one week without talking to a doctor. Prolonged use may cause the bowels to lose the ability to move on their own. They have also been linked to chronic diarrhea, muscle weakness, potentially dangerous irregular heart rhythms, and kidney or liver impairment. When you want to get off of the laxatives talk to a doctor to gradually recover to a normal bowel function. The key is to do it slowly. Usually in combination with a fiber supplement and lots of water.
5.) You take herbs and supplements, and or drugs that together may increase your risk of bleeding.Anticoagulant drugs like aspirin or warfarin (blood thinners) prevent the formation of blood clots inside arteries, reducing the risk of stroke.When they are combined with herbs and supplements that also have an anticoagulant affect, they have a higher risk of bleeding. Some herbs and supplements that have an anticoagulant affect are:
aloe vera
chamomile
coenzyme q10
danshen
feverfew
garlic
ginger
gingko
ginseng
saw palmetto
goji
devil’s claw
dong quai
fish oil
willow bark
6.) You are tired all the time so you turn to herbs to boost your energy. When you are constantly tired or lack energy you should go to a primary care provider instead of herbs.Although diet and supplements may help, the first step is to make sure that the problem isn’t an illnesses like:
Anemia
Asthma
Sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea
Hypothyroidism
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Depression
7.) When you drink chamomile tea without knowing what medications it interacts with.Most people think of chamomile tea as being harmless. Although it has some serious side effects when it is combined with certain medications like internal bleeding. Here is a link to some drugs that will interact with chamomile: http://altmedicine.about.com/od/druginteractions/p/chamomile.htm
Remember before you take any herbs do research. Be smart about it. They can have some serious side effects when mixed with certain medications.

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