Side effects of plants
Of course, the help of many herbs is invaluable. For example, Echinacea: it is designed to stimulate the immune system and protects well against the cold. But people with autoimmune diseases it may cause harm and increase their suffering. Illegal drugs Echinacea for patients with diabetes, AIDS, or people with certain rheumatic ailments. Experts advise, in any case, consultation with a doctor or pharmacist before to be treated in any plant. Especially prudent should approach the issue of the chronically ill and pregnant women, and mothers of infants.
The effect is often insufficiently studied
Although forest and grassland assistants are used partially for many centuries, but some of them are still not well understood. Not every plant can confidently say that it is able to reliably treat. Often lack rigorous scientific studies.
Substances in some plants are not suitable for pregnant women and children. So phytopharmacology is permitted only after twelve years and not allowed for pregnant women. Scientists do not leave attempts to study medicinal plants. For example, it was recently proven that the root of pelargonium, popularly called "geraniums", showed good efficacy in the treatment of acute bronchitis in children and adolescents.
The advantage of the plants before the drugs is that when used correctly they usually have little or no side effects. It is important, however, to consult with specialists.
Do not collect medicinal plants themselves
Although it sounds romantic, and even a nice walk through meadows and forests, collecting herbs, the experts advise to collect medicinal plants themselves. It is easy to confuse plants, in addition, medicinal herbs are collected in certain months and at certain times. They can be contaminated or contain too little active ingredient. Finished products in pharmacies quality and environmentally friendly, and therefore effective.