8 Tips to Consume Herbal Medicines

Traditional medicines made ​​from herbs has long been part of the culture of the people of Indonesia. Indoneisa is very rich in herbal ingredients, and even Indonesia called third country in the world that has the highest plant diversity in the world.

To increase the consumption of herbal medicines, Deputy Health Minister Ali Ghurfron Mukti had suggested that herbal medicines included in one treatment guaranteed by the National Social Security System.

However, herbal medicines are traditionally processed could not be ascertained precisely the amount of the ingredient, which can cause unwanted side effects if its use is not appropriate. To prevent that, consider the issue of safe herbal drug consumption by the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM).

1. Do not take more than the dosage and use according to the guidelines listed on the packaging.

2. If unwanted effects occur, discontinue use immediately and consult a physician.

3. Inform the doctor who is treating you, because some of the ingredients in traditional medicines can interact with chemical drugs, which can cause unwanted effects.

4. Do not take traditional medicines that contain ingredients that are known to cause allergies.

5. Caution in patients with hypertension, impaired heart function, kidney, and liver as there are some ingredients that can aggravate the situation.

6. Be careful if you are on a diet low in sugar, because in addition to containing nutritious ingredients, traditional medicine is sometimes also contain ingredients such as sweeteners.

7. Be careful if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, because some ingredients may affect the fetus.

8. Be careful for breastfeeding women because some of the ingredients can be excreted through breast milk which may cause unwanted effects in the baby.