Herbs can help or hurt because they can act like hormones or block hormone action; this is called herbal synergism of biologic response modification. If you do not absorb right you will waste not only your herbs, but what you are eating. You are what you absorb not what you eat. Phytonutrients have antiinflammatory, anticancer, can increase metabolic rate, can help various hormonal diseases - do the right tests and have them interpreted by the blooddetective.
Most medications are actually derived from plants and herbs. Herbs in their natural or standardized forms carry great health potential and many have been extensively studied in a large number of human diseases. Our office bases its use of herbs upon careful health history, goals, questionnaire and laboratory tests. There are many potential nutrient-herb interactions and herb-drug interactions that can be harmful or helpful. Individualized attention to your health allows us to carefully and safely determine the best herbs within the context of healthy lifestyle factors and haphazard use of herbs will not likely help you achieve “real” results.
Here is more about Dr. Wald's opinion on juicing and the use of certain nutritional products containing many different types of herbs. We use a combination of health and disease history, symptoms, signs, health goals, research and laboratory work when developing a complete health plan for our patients...including the use of certain appropriate herbals.