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The use and dosage of herbal medicines


To use herbal medicines to be safe must be fulfilled several conditions. Use only clearly identified herbal medicines, known to be only at doses that gave, coming from a reliable source (herb stores, pharmacies, or self-collected), properly prepared. Do not use herbs (drugs) of unknown origin, not marked, after the expiry date, showing any differences in relation to the original state (unless the manufacturer of such changes announced and considered as normal), with no known effect. Herbs and any other medicines can not buy on the stalls of the foreigners.

Many diseases have similar symptoms and their self-treatment based on the observed beneficial effects of a strong herbs with another patient can have very serious damage. Herbs, like other drugs which contain active substances acting very strong, strong or weak. Immediately to inform you that the plants with a very potent can be used after consulting your doctor. These herbs are carefully mark it (the sign -!). Other plant materials may be used alone to treat certain conditions or in the alternative treatment in addition to synthetic drugs. It should be noted that self-medication and herbal treatments should be informed and rational (ratio = reason), which took into account the indications and contraindications.

Of course, I recommend a lot of herbs used prophylactically, even those completely healthy (better to prevent diseases, and the herbs they do it well, than to later treat often toxic synthetic drugs). I met often with the statement that the herbs you can drink "a lot of time and without damage to the body. These are the views of largely misleading and demonstrating a complete ignorance of the herbs.Duration of treatment with herbs can not continue without a break, because for too long the use of herbs, like any synthetic drug, even these seemingly słabiutkich and "innocent" cause undesirable consequences, such as excessive drinking and the long infusion of chamomile cause menstrual irregularities in women, too long taking oral preparations of nettle causes redness and swelling of many of the body, often the eyelids, around the eyes, and skin manifestations of urticaria type, with longer poly oral preparations of horsetail occurs in the body of vitamin B1 deficiency.; long drink of extracts from juniper berries, the herb rosemary with thyme, et al. is the cause of headaches, discomfort and irritation of the kidneys.Such examples are many.

Duration of treatment with herbs is about 30-35 days, then you should do a 10-day break. After the break, you can, and sometimes you need to repeat the herbal treatment. My advice then apply another herbal medicine with analogous (similar) to the therapeutic effect. For example, licorice root (long use causes a swelling, dizziness, loss of ions K - hypokalemia, can (and actually need) to replace biedrzeńca root, root grandmother mydlnicy root, root or leaves of coltsfoot Oman. All of these materials, to work, that is, expectorant, spasmolytic, cholagogic and gastrointestinal (when it comes to ulcers, healing of ulcers, ie it should be replaced by liquorice root grandmother).

Some herbs require precise dosing, as have a very strong effect.An overdose of herbs marked -! causes severe poisoning and death. This is a very potent herbs include, among others (also mention the plants that are not described in this paper): crazy poisonous, adonis, lily of the valley, kokoryczki, juniper, datura, henbane, glaucoma, arnica, cry wolf-berry, buckthorn, narecznica,celandine, kopytnik, hellebore, foxglove, lnica, squill, truelove, spurge, pigweed, false.

Herbs must be taken very regularly, the doses in this guide gave - under any circumstances (again) - not to increase! Herbal Preparations should be prepared strictly according to rules that gave!

Herbal medicines require appropriate dosage.

Dose is called the amount of drug needed to produce certain desired changes in the activities of the system. Dose depends on whether the substance will act as a medicine or as a poison. The size of the therapeutic dose of the drug depends on:

- Aged man,
- Body weight,
- Gender (in herbal medicine is not taken this into account)
- Of individual susceptibility,
- Physiological conditions,
- The way (way) to introduce the drug into the body.

Doses shown in the tables of the Polish Pharmacopoeia, or official census Medicines are determined in relation to adult and middle-aged man, weight 70 kg, the oral drug. Children up to 1 year-write that part of the dose for an adult, which forms part of its weight in relation to adult weight (70 kg). We calculate the following formula:

d = D × mass dziecka/70

d - dose for children
D - dose for an adult
/ - Forward slash (shared)
X - times

Here's an example: a single dose infusion of primrose flower for an adult is 150 ml, the baby weighs 6 kg. What is the single dose infusion pierwiosnkowego for our child?

d = 150 × 6 / 70 = 12,857,142 or approximately 12-13 ml of infusion (the dose given to a child 3-4 times a day).

Children over 1 year - save as much of a dose for an adult, how much is the age expressed in years for the age of an adult (24 years). We calculate the following formula:

d = D × age of the child / 24
D dose for children
D-adult dose
/ - Forward slash (shared)
X - times

Here's our example: we have a child 5 years and we want to give him an infusion of sprout, we know that adults can enjoy a one-time infusion of 100 ml.

How much tea lepiężnikowego we can give our child?

d = 150 × 5 / 24 = 31.25 or a child serve approximately 1931 to 1932 ml of tea, for example,
4 times a day.

In this book, the description of individual herbs I gave a dose for adults and children aged 1 year, 3 years, 5 years, 7 years, 10 years and 15 years.

People excessively obese or extremely thin we give medications, especially potent in a dose proportional to their weight, for example, an individual ważącemu 30 kg we'll give half the therapeutic dose calculated for a man weighing 70 kg, 140-150 kg ważącemu a subject we'll provide two therapeutic doses calculated for a man weighing 70 kg. People aged over 70 years we give a dose of two-thirds of doses to people in middle age. In the case of synthetic drugs to persons aged 70 years, I have a half dose for adults in middle age.

Drugs used in single doses (pro Dosia) and daily doses (pro die).The daily dose of the drug determines the amount used in single doses.

Is the water extracts may be sweetened?.

Aqueous extracts were prepared from raw materials expectorants, such as anise fruit with thyme, spruce and pine needles from pine trees, the herb or flower primrose can and should sweeten, preferably with honey or fruit juice. Posłodzenie honey or juice not only adds flavor but also strengthen and support the expectorant effect of the drug. Water can also be sweetened with fruit extracts such as wild rose, elderberry, hawthorn, rowan, because it will enhance their flavor and medicinal value.

Allowed me the sweetened milk containing bitter substances, because they have to work a stimulating effect on appetite, digestion, to increase the secretion of saliva and digestive juices, in other words to act, "bitterly." Thus, it should not be sweetened tea or decoction of gentian root, the rhizomes of sweet flag, from the leaves Bóbrka with herb wormwood, the herb mugwort, the herb celandine and the like.

For some herbal preparations will not only add honey, or juice, but also spices (cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, mint), in order to improve the taste and aroma.

The most common measure used in folk herbalism

1). Comminuted tea spoon:
- Flower - 1000 mg (1 g)
- Leaf - 1500 mg (1.5 g)
- Herb - 2000 mg (2 g)
- Roots, rhizomes, seeds - 3000-4000 mg (3-4 g)

2). Tablespoon minced:
- Flowers -3000 mg (3 g)
- Leaves - 3500-4000 mg (3.5-4 g)
- Roots, rhizomes, seeds - 9,000 mg (9 grams)
Spoon aqueous extract - 5-5.5 g or 5 ml
Spoon aqueous extract - 12-15 g or 12-15 ml
A glass of water extract is 200-220 g or 200-220 mL
One drop of tincture usually weighs 19 mg
One milliliter of an aqueous extract of herbs weighs about 1,2-1,3 g and 1 l of an aqueous extract) around 1,2-1,3 kg.

8). At the end of the knife is located:
- Powdered Flower - 300 mg
- Powdered leaf - 500 mg
- Powdered roots, rhizomes, seeds - 800-1000 mg
- Dried herbs - 600-800 mg

Of course, given weights and measures are highly approximate.

The use and dosage of herbal medicines

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