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FAQ's:

1. Is it safe to take herbs while taking drugs?

2. How can i safely decrease my drug and take the herbs instead?

3. Is it safe for children to take herbs?

4. Why do we need to take the herbs with food?

5. What fluid should i take the herbs with?

6. Why are some tablets speckled?

7. Why do the colours vary between bottles of the same herb?

8. Can i take the herb without the capsule?

9. Can i still take the herbs even though it is past the due date?

10. What is the best way to store the herbs?

11. What does “synersup “ on the label mean?

12. What does “excipient” on the label mean?

13. Do the products contain gluten?

14. Do the products contain lactose?

15. What does “synergy” mean in regards to the herbs?

16. What is a “catalyst”?

17. Why are the capsules sticking together?

18. Why are the soft gel capsules melting and sticky?

19. Do the products have preservatives in them?

20. Secure shipping to australia?

 

 

 

There may be more questions you would like to ask. Feel free to do so and I will do my best to answer them.

 

 

 

1. IS IT SAFE TO TAKE HERBS WHILE TAKING DRUGS?

Generally speaking it is not wise to take herbs and drugs at the same time, especially if they have the same actions.

 

e.g. If you are taking a drug that is a blood thinner you would not want to take a natural blood thinner as well. You would be doubling the dose and this could have disasterous results, such as a haemorrhage, and if it occurs in the brain, that is a stroke.

 

So seek advice from the one giving you the drug.

 

If the herb has a different action than the drug you are taking, you still need to seek advice, as they could still be incompatable.

 

So treat it as a serious step

 

 2. HOW CAN I SAFELY DECREASE MY DRUG AND TAKE THE HERBS INSTEAD?

Only with the help of the one giving you the drug in the first place. They are the ones who can monitor you while you are gradually decreasing the drug and introducing the herb. This is very important.

 

3. IS IT SAFE FOR CHILDREN TO TAKE HERBS?

Certain herbs are fine and when a child is 12 years old and/or a certain weight, they are considered generally safe on the adult dosage, but personally I would always start a preteen off on a minute dose and be careful of the choice of herb to give.

 

For children aged 6 to 12 years it is general to give half the dose of adults but I would still stick to minute doses, and still be careful of what is being considered.

 

For children under 6 there are safe herbs that can be seeped in boiled hot water and sweetened with honey if necessary for palatability. (I have given babies in my life slippery elm for example in this fashion, for extreme colic)

 

Herbs in general are not something to give without consultation if you are unaware of all the necessary information. For instance, you would not give a hormone type herb to any of those age ranges under 12 or 13 years of age. Nor anything that is classed as “alterative” while children are developing. Nor would you use laxative or sedative type herbs.

 

There is a lot of inquiring to do before any step with children.

 

4. WHY DO WE NEED TO TAKE THE HERBS WITH FOOD?

Basically to enhance the absorption and digestion, and to make a more complete food.

The food in your stomach activates the digestive acids and enzymes very well.

 

Especially for those who are newly taking herbs, and for those with poor digestion, it is a good idea to have it in the stomach at the same time as food as the digestive juices, and the enzymes, will then flow more readily to help in digesting the herbs at the same time.

 

The food helps to hold the herbs down and prevent repeating. (burping)

Also it helps the herb become more of a complete food when mixed with normal eating.

However taking them at any time is alright if you don't have a problem with it. I for one do this many times and I usually take them with liquid Chlorophyll which is very high in nutrients.

 

If a product is high in Cayenne Pepper I always take it with food as it needs food to absorb the heat. Otherwise it can get rather hot way down further in the alimentary tract.

 

Of course if you are taking digestive products such as enzymes you should always take them just before your meal or if you forget, during the meal, as it is there to help you digest that meal

If you forget to do this it will still work if you take it during or after your meal.

 

Chewable Papaya Mint can also have a good effect on undigested foods sitting in the stomach even half an hour or more after the meal. I have proven that to myself.

 

5. WHAT FLUID SHOULD I TAKE THE HERBS WITH?

Water is always the best and purified water even better.

 

Liquid chlorophyll is also a great way to add to the contents of the pill and I usually do this. Juice is also fine if the first two are not to your liking. Coffee, caffiene, tea, soda drinks or milk is not a good combination with the herbs apparently.

 

6. WHY ARE SOME TABLETS SPECKLED?

These are usually in the vitamin and mineral range and are darker flecks of one or more of the individual ingredients. Usually the flecks are not highly pronounced.

 

If the specks become blackish and/or the tabule has a rancid smell or a dank or mouldy smell, it means usually, that moisture has altered the contents.

 

It is wise to throw these away.

 

Providing the cap has been on tight and the storage has been out of the sun and the damp, this should not happen in a hurry.

 

7. WHY DO THE COLOURS VARY BETWEEN BOTTLES OF THE SAME HERB?

This is simply a variation between crop colours depending on the factors present during growth. It is not something to be concerned about.

 

The same rigorous tests are done by Natures Sunshine to ensure the very high quality demanded from the company, and also that the species and plant part, root, leaves and flowers, are correct, so the colour is not the important thing here. Naturally grown plants tend to change colour crop by crop.

 

8. CAN I TAKE THE HERB WITHOUT THE CAPSULE? (Some people don't like to have the gelatin)

There are some herbs that are quite palatable outside the capsule, but there are also many that are not and taste vile or hot. Sometimes one can buy these ones in a tincture or liquid form. They could still taste bad or be very hot though.


Try a taste of a tiny bit of the dry powder and you will know.

 

Things like slippery elm and licorice are quite pleasant.

 

You can seep the powder in boiled hot water for a while and then strain it, and if necessary sweeten it with honey.

It can also be sprinkled on a sandwich, or on cooked meals if not too strong in taste.

 

The capsule opens with a twist motion.

 

9. CAN I STILL TAKE THE HERBS EVEN THOUGH IT IS PAST THE DUE DATE?

Certainly anyone can if they wish to do this, and I have done this, providing the contents still smell good.

Smell the contents of the bottle and if it does not smell musty, damp, mouldy or rancid, then it should be fine. (It should have a fresh herby smell). It is entirely up to you.

 

But you can dispose of it if you feel better by doing that. That is what companies and government departments recommend.

 

It pays to store them correctly.

 

The companies have to put a date to show when the active ingredients lessen in value. If there is less value then maybe a larger dose is needed to get the same effect, but I did not find this to be so.

 

See the next question to see the best way to store the product to prevent invasion of outside influences.

Generally, the use by time is 5 years for the herbs, and 2 years for extracts and vitamins and minerals.

 

10. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO STORE THE HERBS?

Out of the sunlight in a cooler place in the room, a low lying cupboard being a cooler place for many. Keep out of steamy rooms or damp areas.

 

Whilst taking them they are fine on a bench providing it is a cooler place and not damp, even though the bottle is coloured to protect from the light. The bottle is made of high density polyethylene.

Keep the lid on tight.

 

Don't use fingers to extract them from the bottle as this could add unwanted “ingredients” and moisture and oils. Tip what you need out of the bottle or use a spoon to extract them.

 

When the weather is very hot, store products that are contained in soft gel capsules in the frig. Otherwise you could end up with a mass of gelled together stickiness.

Store away from radiant elements and microwaves.

 

Bifidophyllus, a probiotic full of so many good bacteria, should be stored in the frig at least, and
even the freezer.

 

When there is a little sachet in the bottle, this is to absorb moisture. Leave it in the bottle always.

 

11. WHAT DOES “SYNERSUP “ ON THE LABEL MEAN?

This is an exclusive formula of vegetables used by Natures Sunshine, as a base, to add to the value of certain products. They are: Broccoli, Cabbage Leaf, Chinese Cabbage Leaf, Carrot Root, Red Beetroot, Rosemary, Tomato and Turmeric

 

When you find the word “Synersup” on the ingredient list on the bottle, it is guaranteed that those vegetables are present.

 

12. WHAT DOES “EXCIPIENT” ON THE LABEL MEAN?

When you see this on the label it simply means the coating used around a tablet, or a lubricant to prevent the sticking of tablets to solid items especially during manufacture . The tablet would not be easy to swallow without an exipient. The exipient used is smooth to help that situation.

 

Natures Sunshine uses only top quality and safe exipients.

 

It is very necessary for top quality tablets and tabules,(an elongated tablet).

 

13. DO THE PRODUCTS CONTAIN GLUTEN?

There are some that contain foods that have a natural gluten content. The gluten is not removed.

The bottle will state if it does, or may, contain gluten.

Ones who are sensitive to grains in ordinary food ranges may be able to tolerate these in the small doses.

 

Ones who have coeliac disease should not try them out.

 

If you don't have access to a bottle, ask first for a list of ingredients so that you can remain safe.

 

14. DO THE PRODUCTS CONTAIN LACTOSE?

Herbs do not contain lactose, and nor do the vitamins and minerals.

 

The probiotics and digestive enzymes may do though as the starting material may have lactose in it.

 

In this case the label will state that it may have, or has lactose in it.

Best to ask first.

 

15. WHAT DOES “SYNERGY” MEAN IN REGARDS TO THE HERBS?

It refers to the interaction between the ingredients where there is a combination of herbs, Vits and Mins etc. The co operation between them if you will.

 

It is not the sum total of all the ingredients, but how one herb works together with the other in the same capsule. An enhancement of the actions of each other.

 

16. WHAT IS A “CATALYST”?

It is an ingredient, in this case mainly a herb, that causes an action in the other ingredients, without being affected itself (usually).

 

It can cause the action of the group to go to various places in the body, depending on what is used
as a catalyst.

 

17. WHY ARE THE CAPSULES STICKING TOGETHER?

Moisture, or something else, has got into the bottle. Never put your fingers inside to get the capsules out as this can add moisture/oils to the capsules. Tip out to use or use a teaspoon to get them out of the bottle. Also keep the lid on tight and keep out of damp atmospheres.

 

18. WHY ARE THE SOFT GEL CAPSULES MELTING AND STICKY?

These are the soft gel capsules used for such products as Evening Primrose, Omega 3 EPA, Vit A and D.

I have seen them after being stored in a very hot area for a week, and they became a clumped mass of soft gel and oils. So play it safe. That was quite a waste of money.

 

Keep out of hot rooms or store in frig in the hotter months. If you have them in a hot car to travel, use a coolie bag or even wrapping in newspaper can help to keep the heat away.

 

19. DO THE PRODUCTS HAVE PRESERVATIVES IN THEM?

Only natural organic forms of preserving would ever be used if any. For example Vitamin C is a natural preservative or stabiliser and you will find it used by many food preparation companies in the form of ascorbic acid in foods such as bacon.

 

The herbs have no need of a stabiliser. The gelatin capsules do not have a preservative in them.

 

20. SECURE SHIPPING TO AUSTRALIA?

 

NB that my standard shipping is by airmail as it is cheaper, but it takes from 5-9 working days to reach the destination. It is also un-tracked and if it goes missing in transit there is a long wait to apply for a refund.The maximum claimable amount is NZ$250.00. They require papers to be filled out by both customer and distributor and that is still not assurance that they will pay out.

 

You accept this method at your own risk.

 

If you wish to have secure oversight and delivery by the Economy Courier, with signature required, you need to add the extra shipping fee that is located under the "add to cart" button on all product pages.. ie "Add Faster/Secure Au Shipping". Simply click on the link and then add it to your shopping cart as a purchased item. The maximum claimable amount is NZ$2000.00

 

This method usually takes from 3-5 working days, depending on where you live. The shipping fee applies to normal herb bottles and small liquids. If you have quite a few heavy liquids such as Liquid Chlorophyll I would inform you if there are any extra shipping charges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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