Self-treatment with herbs and medicinal plants, especially in the flu and cold season, is becoming increasingly common. If you like using herbs and alternative remedies without the guidance of a specialist, please be aware of the following:
- Medicinal plants may be suitable for the prevention of minor complaints such as coughs and colds and for the early treatment of an illness.
- In the case of chronic illnesses, you should always discuss alternative treatment with your health care provider.
- If the cause of the complaints or your symptoms are unclear, you should always consult a health care provider.
- If there is little or no improvement of symptoms after three days of self-treatment or if your condition worsens, you should definitely consult a health care provider.
- Be extremely careful where you purchase or collect medicinal plants and herbs. When collecting your own herbs or plants, always carry appropriate literature with you to check the location, color, shape and flowers of a plant. This will reduce the risk of mistakes or confusion with poisonous plants.