What is Herbal Supplements?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Green Magma Oriental herbs AdrenalTone Show all

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See also: Cholacol Chromium-GTF Cilantro supplement Multi Spice Uva ursi Vitamin, Mineral, Herbal Supplements Vitex agnus-castus

An herb is a plant or plant part used for its scent, flavor or therapeutic properties. Herbal medicine products are dietary supplements that people take to improve their health. Many herbs have been used for a long time for claimed health benefits.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 24 15
Increase effect of another treatment 5 3
Anxious mood 3 1
Pain 3 2
Fatigue 2 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 0
Mild 2
None 33

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Herbal Supplements

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 1
Heart palpitations 1
Irritable bowel syndrome 1
Itching 1
Problems concentrating 1
Sleepiness 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Herbal Supplements

Dosage Patients
2 tablet(s) daily 2
10 mg daily 1
250 mg daily 1
350mg as needed 1
daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Herbal Supplements

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 4
Course of treatment ended 3
Expense 2
Other 2
Doctor's advice 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 12 patients who've stopped taking Herbal Supplements

Duration

Currently taking Herbal Supplements

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 3

Stopped taking Herbal Supplements

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 22
Usually 9
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 6
Not at all hard to take 23
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 0
$50-99 10
$25-49 8
< $25 6
Not specified 9

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Herbal Supplements and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 1
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5 patient evaluations for Herbal Supplements

Jan 8, 2012 (Started May 08, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take Ojibwa herbal extract which is a concentrated pill form of a tea. It is made of various roots, and I believe it stimulates the immune system and increases production of interferon naturally, there for potentially reducing the effect of MS.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 15, 2011 (Started Feb 02, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Company had problems with an ingredient and I didn't have any to take for 2 months...suffered greatly...much more symptoms of ms...extreme fatigue, parenthesis, vision problems, etc. Just received more Monday, June 13, 2011. Hopefully will feel better very soon!
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 3, 2011 (Started Jan 24, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 40 mL Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Feb 5, 2011 (Started Jan 24, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 mL Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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