Doctor's advice warning for the use of immune-enhancing herbal teas
Phytotherapy specialist pharmacist Eda Sönmez Gürer, lecturer in Pharmacognosy Department, warned that when using herbal tea, consult doctors and pharmacists trained in phytotherapy, not with those heard from neighbors, friends, internet and television channels.
In his written statement, Gürer stated that with the cooling of the weather, the incidence of upper respiratory tract diseases such as colds, flu and flu increased.
Drawing attention to the need to support the immune system within this framework, Gürer said:
"At this point, we can strengthen our immune system with some herbal teas and provide more effective protection against infectious diseases, which increase with the cooling of the weather especially in winter months. Especially the consumption of linden and ginger together will have a stronger effect in terms of antioxidant support.We can mix honey into this tea to soften the taste of ginger. can have. ”
Emphasizing that it is necessary to be careful while consuming herbal teas, Gürer stated that plants that are obtained from wrong places and not used correctly without consulting a doctor or pharmacist trained in the field of phytotherapy can lead to serious diseases such as thyroid, neurological, autism and infertility, and even death.
- Herb-drug interaction warning
While preparing any herbal tea, Gürer stated that the type of this plant, where it is collected, at what time of the day it is collected, whether the active ingredients in it comply with the pharmacopoeia standards are also important, and gave the following information:
"Therefore, we must pay attention to the correct use of herbs. Plant-drug interactions are another important issue that we should not ignore. For example, blueberries are used for cardiovascular, diabetes and eye health, while blood thinners are also used for bleeding. Another example is that ginger is used in inflammatory diseases, cancer, nausea and vomiting, while it can also increase the side effects of blood thinners used. Another important point is that we should not consume these teas during the day. When using herbal tea, we should act in consultation with our physicians and pharmacists who are knowledgeable and educated in the field of phytotherapy, not with what we hear from neighbors, friends, internet, television channels. ”
Karaman Haber - Source: AA