Herbal Pain Medicine

Written by Courtney Salinas
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There is a lot of controversy surrounding herbal medicine. Turning to alternative medicines for relief from every day pains and even chronic illnesses is becoming more and more prevalent. Yet there is still a lot of stigma that surrounds alternative medicine and there are a lot of unconvinced people wondering if herbal supplements and holistic remedies really do anything.

Some have grown wary of prescribed drugs with the controversy that is surrounding drugs like Vioxx, which was taken off the market because of it increased risk of heart attack and stroke. This has fostered a lot of distrust in the Food and Drug Administrations testing practices and has caused a lot of people to strike out on their own when looking for ways to improve their health. Herbal relief is seen as natural and non-invasive, a healthy and safe way to cure what ails us.

Being Careful with Herbal Medicine

Although herbal medicine is more natural and seemingly less invasive than prescription drugs, you should take as much care when deciding to take a new herbal medicine as you are when starting a new prescription drug. If you're taking any medicines and are looking to add some herbal supplements or medicines to your regimen, always consult your physician. Prescription and herbal medications can conflict with one another and cause problems.

For instance, St. John's Wort, which is often taken to relieve depression, should not be taken in conjunction with prescription antidepressants. If you've been taking St. John's Wort and would like to start a prescription antidepressant or vice versa, you'll need to wait at least a month after stopping one to start the other. You also should be fully aware of any foods or drink that might negatively affect your body or the way the herbal medicine works.

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