Truth about hernbal remedy


Yuva's of Penmai
Jun 28, 2012
WExposing the truth about herbal remedies
Most people assume herbal products to be safe and effective, while
this may be true for some; it cannot and should not be generalized for
all such remedies and treatments. Our predilection for herbal remedies
probably stems from the deep rooted belief that anything that is
natural will definitely work and if it doesn't, there wouldn't be any
side effects at least. However, if this were true, Allopathy would
have never existed. Moreover, contrary to popular perception if
something is natural it doesn't necessarily will be side-effects-free.

It has become quite fashionable to opt for herbal remedies but are you
aware of the risks of relying on herbal remedies? Just like
everything, herbal remedies too have their advantages and
disadvantages. You might know the advantages, but are probably unaware
of the implications of opting for herbal remedies.Here are some of the
popular misconceptions about herbal remedies and treatments.

They have no side effects

While this statement holds true for some products, it is not wholly
right to assume that all herbal products are devoid of side effects.
In fact, you might be shocked to know about the side effects of some
common herbal remedies.


Neem is seen as a panacea, since it is believed to help in many
conditions such as leprosy, intestinal problems, diabetes, gum
diseases, liver problems and ulcers. However, the wonder product is
sadly fraught with many side effects. Taking Neem during pregnancy can
result in miscarriage. It is not advisable for children and infants.
Other than causing diarrhea, vomiting and seizures it might lead to
coma and even death.

Those suffering from Auto-immune diseases such as multiple sclerosis
and rheumatoid arthritis should not consume Neem in any form,
whatsoever. People who have undergone a surgery should avoid Neem, for
it may hinder with the recovery process. It may also increase the risk
of organ rejection in people who have just had an organ transplant.
Neem is supposed to affect the fertility and sperm count and quality.
Therefore, if you are trying to have children it would be best to
avoid neem.


Did you know that the humble papaya can cause a life threatening
allergy known as anaphylaxis common in people who eat papaya often? If
you happen to experience nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps after
eating papaya, you might be dealing with this particular allergy so
consult your doctor ASAP. Also, pregnant and breast feeding women
should not eat Papaya because Papain, the enzyme found in it can be
toxic to the developing fetus and a new born. If you are allergic to
latex there is a high possibility that you might also be allergic to
papaya as well.

Bottle guards

Perhaps, bottle gourds do not guard against diseases. Bottle guards
owe their bitterness to cucurbitacins, a toxin that, if scientists are
to be believed, can potentially kill humans. More the quantity of
cucurbitacins, more will be the bitterness and thus more the chances
of you becoming ill. Remember the case of Dr Sushil Kumar, a senior
scientist at CSIR who died after consuming a glass of bottle guard
juice in 2001?
However, certain people advocate drinking bottle guard juice as they
believe that it aids in digestion and overall health of a person.

Green tea

Agreed, green tea helps in weight loss but nobody seems to be aware of
how much green tea is good for the health. Scientific studies suggest
that drinking green tea can cause stomach problems. They are also
blamed for causing Anemia in regular green tea drinkers. Green tea
contains tannins that greatly reduce the absorption of iron from
intestines. If you are on prescriptions it is best to avoid taking any
external herbal supplements and if you still wish to, it would be wise
to consult your doctor.

Clove oil

Most people swear by this one. But, other than the fact that clove oil
contains a chemical known as eugenol that is believed to lessen pain,
there is no concrete evidence of its efficacy. Also, it is believed
that ingesting clove in large amounts can prove to be dangerous.

They are safe for everyone
Herbal remedies are not for everyone. They are not safe for pregnant
women, people suffering from certain diseases, the aged and children
below 2 years of age.
They are scientifically tested
Scientific studies conducted to determine the effectiveness of herbal
products have yielded inconclusive results. Herbal remedies aren't
exactly foolproof and certain herbal products might actually aggravate
the condition.
It is okay not to seek the advice of a doctor before opting for herbal

Most people are of the belief that herbal remedies are so safe that
they do not need to seek the advice of a doctor before trying them.
You should always seek medical advice before going for herbal
Most herbal remedies are quite over rated probably because they come
with the tag of "being natural" and anything that is natural becomes a
hit with the masses. But, it is always wise to think before you leap.
So, the next time you think of opting for some herbal remedy be
Jul 23, 2013
Natural herbs and spices are being used all the time to treat many types of diseases, and ailments ranging from the body, mind and even spirituality. We even have natural herbal remedies for weight loss and hair loss.
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