Herbal Therapy can help or hurt your health efforts - use herbs right
Herbs are plant or phyto-nutrients that can mimic or block hormone action, increase or decrease the immune response, reduce inflammation, fight cancer and improve healing in virtually any cell, tissue or organ of the body.
Herbs do not only increase a low immune system, but they may also decrease an overactive (autoimmune) system. Herbs are balancers of our body chemistry and thus act as biologic response modifiers - either decreasing or increasing our many physiologic reactions. But, herbs must be used correctly based up at least these Blooddetective ways…
Herbs, must be dosed based upon your body weight, metabolic rate and lean body mass and NOT just based upon, “the recommended dose on the bottle”, that has nothing to do with your particular needs.
Your illness or disease also impacts herbal dosing. Different health problems require different herbs, different ways in which to combine herbs together and based upon your symptoms.
Medications impact herbal detoxification and thus biological effects in your body. The Blooddetective method by Dr. Wald seriously considers drug-herbal interactions both additive and negative.
Time of day and timing of herbs with or without foods impacts how quickly or slowly herbs act in your body.
Herbs may work differently taken away from or close to exercise. Some herbs are metabolized much faster when taken near exercise reducing their biological effects.
Dr. Wald has been prescribing herbs for nearly 30 years based upon these and other personalized factors resulting in many people who are not healthy and happy!
Herbal Therapy - an important part of the health building process.
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.
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Herbs have many health promoting benefits in the body that you should know including -
Acting like adaptogens - helping to regulate body processes that are either too high or too low.
Herbs do not work the same in each person. It is up to you and Dr. Wald to determine how much of what types of herbs might benefit you.
Some herbs work well with certain medications while other herbs interact very poorly. Meaning that if you choose to take certain medications you must know all herb interactions, both positive and negative. Positive interactions can “boost” the effects of medications and this may be undesirable. Other herbs may reduce the intended actions of certain medications and this can be very dangerous. Either way, Dr. Wald is trained in both positive (synergistic) or negative (antagonistic) drug-food and drug-nutrient interactions.
Herbs may work best when taken with certain foods and away from other foods.
The dose of herbs for your health issues may be far more or far less than another person with the very same symptoms or diagnosis.
There are many more important facts to know about herbs - Dr. Wald will help you safely benefit from herbal therapies and avoid adverse or dangerous interactions.