How Herbal Supplements Interact with Drugs

Lately, the concern of herb-drug interactions is threatening the practice of herbal medicine. It has been noted that herb-drug interactions may not necessarily be a chemical interaction between a drug and a component of the herb that produces something toxic. The interaction may cause a herb component to either increase or decrease the amount of a drug in the bloodstream.

How to make water based herbal extracts

Water based herbal extracts are very easy to make at home. Water extracts sugars, proteins, gums, mucilage, pectin, tannins, acids, coloring matter, mineral salts, glycosides, some alkaloids, most alkaloidal salts, and some essential oil. Dry herbs are more potent than fresh ones, hence while using dried herbs, it is suggested that the ratio of herb to water should be 25g to 500ml. When fresh herbs are used, the ratio would be 50g to 500ml.