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.
Adaptogens are natural substances, that are mostly derived from plants, that help the body counteract and adapt to stress. Ashwagandha, Holy basil, Brahmi are adaptogens that help build your ability to fight stress, fatigue and anxiety
Herbal extracts are substances extracted from the plant using different solvents that help to draw out the beneficial components in the plant. The solvents range from alcohol, glycerin, oils, vinegar, or water.
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.
Oil pulling has been in existence for thousands of years as oral therapy in Ayurveda. Studies now attest to the health benefits of oil pulling.