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Herbal remedies

Advocates of herbal remedies swear by them. Find out why with this breakdown.

natural herbal remedies

Herbal remedies are products that come from plants or plant extracts that are used for their medicinal properties. Seventy-one percent of Canadians regularly take natural products, including herbal products.

Benefits People take herbal remedies for a variety of reasons — for example, to strengthen their immune system, cure common ailments and treat diseases. Herbal remedies are widely available without a prescription.

Side effects Since herbal remedies are natural products, people may consider them safe to use. While most herbal products have a history of safe use and are intended to improve health, some substances have serious health consequences. Consult with a doctor before taking herbal remedies. Some remedies may decrease the effectiveness of other medications; some can be harmful during pregnancy.

Outside resources
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Dr. Weil