Friday, July 15, 2011 | 8:04 am

Your practitioner is trained to know the correct therapeutic doses for you, depending on your condition, body weight and height. They also know which products have quality standards and in-depth sourcing standards. If you are buying some supplements and are unsure about the information on the label, you should rmg the information line (the number should be on the label) to ask about the company’s sourcing and quality control standards. If this information is refused, then do not buy the product and again see your naturopath or trusted health food store to guide you to suitable brands.

The key words to look out for on labels of herbal medicine are ‘standardised extract’. The ‘standardised extract’ tells you how much of the active ingredient (the medicinal part) is present in that particular supplement. For example, a label for echinacea supplements should say that you are taking 600 mg of echinacea root, containing alkylamides 2.65 mg (the active ingredient). Research was carried out on several echinacea products in the market to see is they contained the active ingredient of alkylamides (from the echinacea root). Three products did not use the echinacea root at all and three other products did not contain any active ingredient. So be sure to check the label.

If you are taking any form of complementary medicine for the first time, start off by taking one thing at a time and see if there is improvement over a period of three weeks. You may then wish to introduce another recommended supplement for the next three weeks. If you feel no better there can be a few obvious reasons.


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