Changing Daily Herbal Regime
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Wesley
Posted on: August 12, 2007

I am just curious about my herbal regime that I take daily. I want to know if it’s okay to use these herbs and if I can take them continously. I’ve gotten very big into the use of herbs over the last couple of years and plan on incorporating it into a practise when I finish my masters.

Still, i’d like to get some feedback.

I take one standard pill per day of the following herbs; grape seed extract, hawthorn extract, garlic, green tea, aveno sativa (oats), reishi mushroom, and milk thistle.

I also take source naturals life force multiple, 3000 mg of fish oil, and occasionally take L-theanine for anxiety. I have recently been taking Acetyl L Carnatine to balance off my acetylcholine as I am getting off 37.5mg effexor xr, which i took for seven years for anxiety. apparently antidepressant withdrawal is caused by an imbalance of acetylcholine and the supplement is supposed to help.

I take the pills through out the day (in four doses) and always eat when I take them.

Any feedback you can give me would be great. I don’t mind eliminating some if they are not needed or potentially harmful, i just know the benefits of each and enjoy doing that little extra bit to add to my vitality. also, should I take time off from certain ones?

It is always advisable to take time off from herbs. In herbal therapy, specific herbs are recommended for 2 to 4 weeks, and then adjustments made to the herbal formula according to progress in the condition. The same herb is seldom prescribed for a long period of time.

For general well being and a balanced approach using herbs, use them in your diet, in teas and in meals. For example, use dandelion "coffee" to support the liver, garlic and onions raw in salads and cooked in soups, stews and other cooked dishes, ginger and cayenne as seasonings for supporting blood circulation. Find a good herbal cookbook to increase the variety of herbs that you use.

If you feel the need of herbal support for a particular body system or health problem, then research what herbs are most suitable, take these for 2 weeks and then note changes in your symptoms.

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