We have received many questions from our web site visitors regarding the herbal formula of our products. Those very common and important questions are selected and answered.
Q-What are Herbs?
A-Herbs are plants. They are the highest quality food known to mankind. They contain vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and trace elements in natural balance and harmony.
Q-Why Use Herbs?
A-It is our sincere belief that our Creator put herbs on the earth to maintain and restore our health. We believe that herbs get to the cause of health problems, not just the symptoms. Herbs are whole and balanced; therefore they provide nutrition for our body to become whole and balanced.
Q-How Do Herbs Differ from Drugs?
A-Herbs are food, not drugs. Many herbs can be taken in large quantities without harmful side effects. In general, mixing herbs has no more side effects than mixing carrots and peas.
Q-How Soon Will I Notice Results?
A-There are many factors involved, such as the severity of the problem, the health of a person’s digestion and assimilation, the amount of herbs taken, the stress a person is under, and so on. However, someone with problems such as constipation or blood sugar imbalance will often get excellent results within a day. Someone with joint pain may not feel any difference for several weeks or more.
Q-Can I Stop Taking My Prescription Medicine?
A-Herbs are a gradual and safe way to build and maintain health. Continue taking medicine because your body may be depending on it. Many people have gradually decreased drug dosage and frequency with the use of herbs. Be sure to consult with the physician who prescribed them.
Q-When is the Best Time to Take Herbs?
A-Many people take herbs with water, 15 to 30 minutes before meals so the liquid won’t dilute their digestive enzymes. Herbs can also be taken with the meal itself, as you swallow your food. Others on a busy schedule take them first thing in the morning and last thing at night. (Some people who take their herbs after or between meals will experience burping.) Herbs for insomnia are usually taken at night. Appetite suppressants and blood sugar balancers are best taken as needed.
Q-I’ve heard that some herbs are dangerous so surely this initiative is a good thing?
A-The majority of evidence for risk with herbal products has been caused by: The presence of high concentrations of active ingredients derived from alcoholic (e.g. ethanol, methanol) extraction misidentification of herbs use of incorrect botanical parts e.g. leaf instead of root. The presence of contaminants e.g. heavy metals, pesticides adulteration with toxic pharmaceuticals Interestingly, extraction with alcohol is associated with only one specific strand of European Phyto-pharmaceutical medicine, which evolved during the 20th Century in countries such as Germany, Switzerland and the UK. The major non-European traditions such as Ayurveda, TCM, Tibetan, Malaysia, Southern African traditions, Amazonian medicine, etc. have tended not to use alcoholic extracts traditionally, being generally more reliant on the use of dried whole plant material or watery decoctions. It has been the more recent adoption of hydro-alcoholic and alcoholic extraction systems by the Asian traditions, as a result of influence by western pharmacological methods, that have given rise to some safety concerns.
Q: Are there side effects I should be concerned about when taking herbs?
A: Herbs are a natural source of food and work in harmony with your body when taken properly. There are some side effects associated with certain herbs and, therefore, it is important to practice moderation and follow dosage instructions, and read any warning or contraindications associated with herbal remedies. When taken properly, herbs are a very safe complement and/or alternative to synthetic medicines. Some people experience cleansing actions on the body when first using herbs. It is this detoxifying process that helps bring the body into a state of health. When toxins, or poisons, that have been stored in the body are released, temporary (two to five days) discomfort may be experienced. Be glad when you have these feelings because it means you are ridding your body of harmful toxins.
Q: Do I need to change the way I eat while taking herbal supplements?
A: Not necessarily. However, it is always best to avoid alcohol, soft drinks, smoking and secondary smoke. Your diet should include a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables on a regular basis.
Q: Is it okay to take my vitamins and herbs at the same time?
A: Yes. Vitamins and herbal supplements usually work well together. You may even find with the right combination that your desired results will come even more quickly.
Q: I have trouble swallowing pills; how can I still use your products?
A: If you order our herbs in capsule form but have trouble swallowing capsules, you may break open the capsules and mix the powder with a flavourful, pleasant-tasting syrup, such as chocolate, maple syrup, or even honey. Some herbs have a pungent taste, so you may wish to mask that taste with sweetly flavoured syrup when mixing the two together.
Q: What is the vegetable cellulose capsules made of?
A: The vegetable cellulose capsules are made from wood pulp from southern pine trees. They are completely harmless to your body.