The basic principles of herbs intake
The consumption of various herbs, whether for therapeutic or preventive purposes, must always be done properly and in moderation. The analysis of the correct dosage for children, adults and pregnant women will follow in an article on the proper use of herbs. But proper consumption is not limited to that. There are some basic principles that must be followed in order not to lead to overdoses and especially complications.
The two basic rules for taking herbs are:
Weekly rest day: for the proper functioning of an herb, there should be a break from its use, 1 day a week. After 2 to 3 weeks of treatment, herbs should not be consumed, for 3 consecutive days. During this period of pause, we can monitor any changes or influences to the desired result, and even possible side effects. If the results within the three days of rest are unsatisfactory or remain at the same level, continue with the same dosage of herbs for another 3 weeks. If there is an improvement in any condition, continue with a reduced dose of herb. If the desired effect is achieved, treatment can be stopped and you can start some other nutritional or therapeutic use of herbs depending on your needs.
Dosage setting: Dosage is not something that depends only on your weight, there are many factors that affect the final amount of herb we use. The most important of these factors are listed below.
• For a slow and gradual overall effect, herbs should be consumed in small amounts mixed with milk between meals, as this delays the absorption.
• To increase appetite and increase digestive secretions or for local action in the gastrointestinal tract, the consumption of herbs should be done before the meal.
• To increase the absorption of an herb and its immediate effect, it is preferable to consume 1 to 2 hours after a meal
Herbs that do not have a tolerable taste, it is better to consume as cold decoctions or infusions
Source: Botanologio – everything about herbs