Herbal therapies can be of great benefit in the management and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. They can accelerate healing and reduce pain.
Herbal therapies can also help with a wide range of other health issues; from treating adrenal fatigue, hypertension, ear infections, and an array of gastrointestinal or respiratory complaints. When combined with chiropractic spinal manipulation, herbs can expedite the correction of spinal subluxations that may cause or worsen those complaints. However, the judicious and proper use of herbs is necessary for them to be effective.
It is important when using herbs to use those components of the plant which actually contain the biologically active phytochemicals of the herb. As this industry is unregulated, manufacturers can use any plant component and label it as the herb, even if it contains no biologically active chemicals. This is why it is important to use only herbs that have been tested and determined to contain the biologically active phytochemicals. Consult you herbal provider before using herbs to be sure that they are safe and reliable.
Not all herbs are always and universally safe to use. Some will cause adverse effects when combined with certain drugs and are contraindicated in specific medical conditons. Additionally, pregnant and breast-feeding women should be especially cautious about using herbs and should always consult with their herbal prescriber, and inform the provider that they are pregnant or breast feeding, before taking any herbal compounds.