First, I must give you some words of caution which you must read before
embarking on a program of herbal rejuvenation. The information contained in this
ebook is for information purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice
in your particular and individual case and circumstances. I mean only to point
the way and not to give individualized instruction. Only your doctor or health
care provider, who knows your body, can do that.
If you are presently taking medications, or are under medical treatment for a
specific medical condition, it is essential that you consult with your health
professional before administering Ayurvedic medicines. Some herbs should be
avoided or used under the guidance of a professional if you have a chronic
illness or a diagnosed medical problem. For example, licorice contains plant
hormones that may stimulate uterine bleeding and may also stimulate the growth
of breast and uterine tissue, which is of concern to women who have a history of
estrogen-sensitive cancers or who are at high risk for them.
Nor should you combine herbs with prescription or over-the-counter
medications unless you are under professional supervision. Some herbs may
contain similar substances and could result in an overdose. If you have any
questions or doubts, contact a knowledgeable herbal specialist for advice.
Remember to use caution when using herbs. In some people certain herbs may
cause undesirable reactions. Begin with the lowest recommended dosage and
gradually increase as needed. The most common symptoms of herbal intolerance are
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or allergic reaction. However, these are rare and
extremely variable, depending on both the herb and the individual. If you notice
any questionable reaction, discontinue the herb(s) at once. If your reaction is
severe, call your local Poison Control Center and go to the emergency room of
the nearest hospital.
Read the manufacturer’s recommendations carefully, and do not use any herbal
product that does not supply detailed information on appropriate dosages.
There have been reports of mislabeling of herbs, and quality and potency can
vary depending on harvesting, handling, and storage. Therefore be sure to buy
herbs only from the most reputable sources you can find. I realize that for some
Westerners, the names of Ayurvedic herbs are unfamiliar and difficult to
pronounce; it is doubly confusing since many of these herbs are not available in
even th most sophisticated health food stores. Fortunately, all of them are
available online. I have attempted to take some of the guesswork out of this
process for you by providing a product page with links directly to only the
highest quality herbs and herbal combinations. These product providers have been
in business for years and have established outstanding reputations for providing
preparations consisting of only the finest ingredients that meet the strictest
of quality control standards. I use them myself in my own clinic.