Herbal Dietary Supplements are used by millions of Americans. In an issue of Prevention magazine in 1997, a national survey was conducted claiming that one-third of all adult Americans, or about 60 million people, say they frequently use herbal remedies. Now, surveys show that more than half of the U.S. population uses them. Herbal Dietary Supplements are widely used because of the low risk of adverse side effects. European countries have been using Herbal Dietary Supplements for thousands of years.
Herbal Dietary Supplements contain specific herbs such as, Aloe Vera, Wild Yam, Garlic, Echinacea, saw palmetto, etc… Herbal Dietary Supplements are a type of dietary supplement that uses plant or plant parts for therapeutic properties. The definition of “dietary supplement” given by congress is a product taken by mouth that contains a “dietary ingredient” intended to supplement the diet. The “dietary ingredients” in these products may include: vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, and substances such as enzymes, organ tissues, glandulars, and metabolites. Herbal Dietary Supplements can come in many forms: dried, finely chopped, powdered, or as a liquid in a capsule.
The key to safe and effective utilization of Herbal Dietary Supplements is to exercise caution. You should seek the advice of a physician before taking any Herbal Dietary Supplements if you are chronically ill, taking prescription or over the counter (OTC) drugs, pregnant or potentially pregnant, or breastfeeding. Also, never exceed suggested dosages, unless recommended by your physician.