Herbal Medicine Frequently Asked Questions

Questions most commonly asked about The Lincoln Herbal Treatment centre's remedies.

Are there any side effects?

The herbs used in herbal medicine are taken at very low dose and are non-toxic.
Side effects are rare when herbal medicines are correctly prescribed by a qualified practitioner.

Can I take herbal medicines together with my medicines prescribed by my doctor?

The herbalist needs to check the drugs which you are taking, but, in general there is no incompatibility and you can continue with your medication.

Can I take herbs whilst pregnant and breast feeding?

Herbs can be used to treat conditions which arise during pregnancy and breast feeding but there are some which are not advised. You should tell your herbalist is you think that you might be pregnant.

Do I have to tell my doctor that I am taking herbs?

Informing your doctor is at your discretion; the herbalist would encourage it but not insist upon it.
Your doctor would not be approached unless you gave your specific permission.

How are herbal medicines taken?

A herbal medicine is usually taken in liquid form as a mixture of tinctures. Tinctures are liquid extracts of herbs and a typical herbal medicine may contain up to nine. They are taken in small amounts and are very subtle but powerful in the way that they work. Typically the herbal medicine is taken as a 5ml dose (a teaspoonful) three times daily. Herbs may also be prescribed as tablets, capsules or as a tea.

How long do they take to work?

When taken to treat an acute condition herbal medicines work very quickly, certainly as quickly as chemical drugs. For chronic and difficult conditions herbs may need to be taken for some time but the commencement of improvement should start quickly.

Is herbal medicine suitable for children?

Many childhood problems and complaints respond extremely well with herbal medicines and because the doses used are so small children usually find them easy to take.

The permission of a consenting parent or guardian is required to treat those under 18.