What You Need to Know Before Starting a Natural Remedy Treatment Plan

May 29, 2017Diana Lengerson

Herbs and Spices

A common misconception about natural and herbal remedies is that because they are natural, they must be good for you; but, some natural and herbal remedies do not mix well with other medications, can exacerbate existing medical conditions, and some are even fatal to the wrong people. It is important to do as much homework as possible before engaging in the use of natural or herbal remedies, and it is important to know what it is exactly that you are buying, especially if you are buying these remedies online.

The first thing you need to know is whether or not your body can accept and respond to the use of natural and/or herbal remedies. Not every remedy will work as expected. Similar to over the counter drugs and prescription drugs, sometimes it takes a little experimenting before you figure out what will work for what ails you. This is why it is important to work with a naturopath or homeopathic doctor – these highly trained, knowledgeable professionals can help you determine the best treatment action and monitor your side effects and impacts.

You also need to have a complete list of your current medications and medical conditions. You should do some research to determine what kind of side effects can occur between your current medication and the natural or herbal remedy you are considering. Some herbal remedies, for example, can cause your medication to stop working all together. So be sure to check on the contraindications of your medications before starting your treatment plans.

When purchasing natural or herbal remedies, you may find that there is conflicting information that is available about a particular remedy. For example, if you find yourself researching ethnobotanicals, you may be asking yourself “what is kratom powder?” And what you’ll find is that these are highly potent tree powders that are actually illegal in some parts of the world. You don’t want to get caught trying to order this stuff online or from a producer without all of the proper information. Again, this is where a trained medical professional can help you.

Finally, you want to know how to interact and engage with whatever natural or herbal remedy that you purchase or are recommended to purchase. Kratom powder, for example, when used in small doses can help reduce pain and discomfort of such conditions as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; while in higher doses can be highly addictive and even lethal. It’s best to consult with a professional to determine your treatment plan. It is dangerous to experiment with even the most “natural” or “herbal” remedy of your own volition.

Consider speaking to a naturopath or homeopathic doctor before starting any natural remedy treatment plan. They are happy to help you pick a course of action and can provide valuable insight into what you should expect from your treatment plans, and can help in the event of unexpected side effects or impacts on your as a patient. You should never plan to treat yourself without the supervision of a medical professional; it just makes good sense to have someone aid you in your decisions when it comes to your health.


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