Herbal supplements, also called as botanicals, are one type of dietary supplement that contains one or more herb. Herbal supplements aren’t new — plants have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. These supplements are made out of natural plants oils, roots, seeds, berries and flowers and they have been used from centuries to cure different diseases.

Herbal supplements are available in different forms and can be used internally or externally. Its forms include; tea bags, capsules, tablets, liquids, fresh or dries plants, bath salts, teas, ointments and powders.

Are Herbal Supplements safe?

For centuries, herbal supplements have been used for their healing properties. Before you take herbals, make sure you know what’s in them, if they’re safe, and how they react with other supplements and medications. While herbal supplements may look similar to over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications, they are not treated the same by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Herbal supplements fall under the category called dietary supplements under the FDA, and are regulated differently from drugs. The biggest difference you’ll see is that prescription and OTC drugs are strictly regulated before entering the market, but herbal supplements are only monitored after they enter the market.

1.      Creatine

Creatine is a chemical that is found in the body. It is found mostly in muscles but also in the brain. It is also found in foods such as red meat and seafood. Creatine can also be made in the laboratory.

Creatine is most commonly used for improving exercise performance and increasing muscle mass in athletes and older adults. There is some science supporting the use of creatine in improving the athletic performance of young, healthy people during brief high-intensity activity such as sprinting. Because of this, creatine is often used as a dietary supplement to improve muscle strength and athletic performance and it improves the power output.

2.      Shatavari

Shatavari is a popular supplement that people use to treat a wide range of symptoms. It can be taken orally as a tablet, a powder, or liquid extract. The herb is thought to be adaptogenic, which means that it may help to regulate the body’s systems and improves muscle growth. Its bitter and sweet taste has a cooling effect on the system, and its unctuous (oily), building nature makes it a great support for anyone looking for a nourishing, grounding effect.

3.      Sour Orange

Sour Orange, also known as bitter orange is a herbal supplement that is famous for it’s health purposes. Bitter orange contains the component p-synephrine and other naturally occurring chemicals. p-Synephrine is structurally similar to ephedrine, the main chemical in the herb ephedra.

4.      Bugwort

Famous for Black Cohosh. The part of the black cohosh plant used in herbal preparations is the root or rhizome (underground stem). Black cohosh is sold as the dried root, in tablets and capsules, and as an extract. Bugwort has been studied for it’s amazing muscle building properties.

5.      Deer Velvet

Also known as Antler Velvet. Deer Velvet is a herbal supplement that has been used for wide range of poblems. It contains substances which may help cells grow and function.

It improves endurance ad strength in athletes. It helps in muscle building and muscle aches. 

6.      European Mistletoe

European mistletoe grows on several types of common trees such as apple, oak, pine, and elm trees.The berries, leaves, and stems of mistletoe are used to make extracts, which are usually given by injection under the skin. Mistletoe may also be taken orally (by mouth) as a dietary supplement. It is used for muslce building.

7.      Cod Liver Oil

Cod liver oil can be obtained from eating cod liver. Cod liver oil is used as a source of vitamin A and vitamin D, and to treat high cholesterol and high triglyceride levels, kidney disease in people with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, an autoimmune disease called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), glaucoma, and middle ear infections (otitis media). its properties heal and strengthen the muscle organs.

8.      Gelatin

Gelatin is also known as, Collagen Hydrolysate. It is purely made from animal products. Gelatin is contains rich amount of amino acid and collagen. It has been widely used since centuries for it’s aging skin and joint pain which helps in building muscle.

9.      Guarana

Guarana also famous as, Paullinia cupana , is a plant. It is an aphrodisiac and people take guarana by mouth for obesity, athletic performance, muscle building, mental performance, and to increase energy. Guarana contains caffeine. Caffeine works by stimulating the central nervous system (CNS), heart, and muscles. Guarana also contains theophylline and theobromine, which are chemicals similar to caffeine.

Should I consult my doctor before taking a herbal Supplement?

Consulting with your doctor before taking a supplement is necessary. Especially for certain people. Herbal supplements are generally ought to be safe but they may interact with other over the counter medication or any other condition you are going through which makes them unsafe for your own health so it’s always best to consult a doctor before using herbal supplement.