Yes, but it is rarely necessary. The Chinese formulas contain herbs that act to balance energies in the body. Each of the Nature’s Sunshine formulas was designed to work by balancing several body systems in order to bring harmony. It is recommended to pick the formula that most closely matches your indicated system and take it for a month to see how your energy shifts and effects your body’s symptoms.
It is very rare. The Chinese formulas are very balancing. Chinese herbs are appealing because of their low risk of side effects. The most common side effects are digestive upsets and gas/bloating depending on the body’s ability to digest the herbs. Taking the formula 10- 15 minutes after a meal may alleviate these symptoms in most cases. Choosing herbal combinations based on your body and conditions is important to prevent the possibility of any negative side effects.
Herbs are plants. They are the highest quality food known to mankind. They contain natural plant vitamins, minerals, enzymes and trace elements in natural balance and harmony. It depends on what the plant is, as to whether the roots, stems, leaves or flower parts contain the most active ingredient and if one or more parts are used. Herbal formulas are more powerful than a single herb, as they work together synergistically to bring balance and enhance body healing.
It’s impossible to give a set answer. There are many factors involved; the severity of the problem, how long the problem has been going on, the person’s assimilation and digestive system, the stress of the person. Some problems like constipation and blood sugar imbalance will usually get excellent results within a day, while someone with other problems may not feel any difference for days or it may take a week or longer. Some can tell the difference the first hour or two. It is necessary to be consistent when taking herbs to get the results you want or need.
Yes, but is suggested to use the principals of the Chinese elements to help you with determining the most appropriate supplements to combine. For example, if your indication is for Earth and you suffer for various digestive issues it might be beneficial to combine the indicated Anti-Gas TCM in additional to a food enzyme or probiotic combination.
Chinese herbs are a safe and slow way to build and maintain health with balancing the bodies energies. Most individuals should continue taking medication because the body may be depending on it. Many individuals have safely decreased or even eliminated their drugs and replaced them with herbs. As with any serious health problem, please consult a competent health practitioner.
As with any herbal program while pregnant, it is best to consult your physician before starting a new regimen.