The use of herbal medicinal products has been increasing dramatically over the past two decades. The primary driving force behind this is the desire to avoid harsh synthetic ingredients often included in most mainstream cosmetics. HMPs (chemical herbal medicinal products), contain no synthetic chemicals and are often made from plant sources with very few if any preservatives or artificial fragrances. Scientific evidence-based validation of the medicinal properties of HMPs is often very limited. But in recent years, studies on the toxic and therapeutic activity of herbal medicinal products have become available.
A number of allergic reactions have been associated with allergic exposure to synthetic ingredients. Many people suffer from various respiratory and airway diseases such as asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis and bronchitis. Allergic asthma and other symptoms can be traced to exposure to certain ingredients contained in over-the-counter and prescription nasal and oral corticosteroids, as well as antihistamines, irritants, and even herbal medicines. One of the most common allergy symptoms is a runny or stopped nose, coughing, sneezing and wheezing. These symptoms are often caused by sensitization to certain herbal drugs and/or exposure to airborne allergens.
There are also reports of the decrease in appetite, weight loss, changes in body temperature and flatulence. However, there is no evidence that these symptoms are caused by the use of herbal medicinal products. There is some evidence that HMPs are effective in reducing swelling and redness in the lungs and throat. The most commonly reported side effects are headache, increased heart rate, nausea, mild nausea and vomiting, upset stomach, itching and watery eyes. Herbal preparations containing Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Peppermint, Turmeric and Sage may help to reduce some of these symptoms.
There are many commercial preparations available for the treatment of allergic reactions. They have been manufactured by using many of the same active ingredients that you find in traditional herbal medicines. For example, allium sativum (Chili extract) has been used in Chinese traditional medicinal products for centuries to treat coughs, colds and sore throats. Modern researchers have shown that it contains antioxidants. It may also help prevent atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Research indicates that it may even lower cholesterol and increase blood flow.
Over the last few years the global herbal medicinal products market has seen a major boost in sales as more people have become aware of the health benefits of alternative medicines and more companies are manufacturing them to meet this demand. Today, there are hundreds of companies producing supplements for a wide variety of uses, both conventional and complementary. There are many supplements on the market that are designed to improve your overall health, or are made to target a specific medical problem. Some of the most popular products include those for cholesterol control, diabetes management, stamina enhancement, immunity support and many others.
Another part of the global herbal medicinal products market is in the form of dietary supplements. These are taken orally once a day and are usually composed of a variety of different herbs. There are a wide range of these supplements on the market, such as those designed to increase libido, reduce anxiety, improve brain function and others. These dietary supplements are very popular, especially in Asia, where food is often less costly and people are used to eating a wide range of different foods. This makes it easier for them to be able to incorporate different herbal medicines into their diet.
In recent years the global herbal medicinal products market in the form of dietary supplements has seen strong growth. Many Asian countries have experienced an increase in tourism as they seek to develop their nations into medical hubs. As more people become aware of how beneficial consuming herbal medicines can be, it is likely that demand will continue to grow. It is projected that by 2021 the Asian market will account for almost half of the global herbal medicinal products market. The best selling products are usually those designed to improve energy, immunity support and even weight loss. Of course there are other less well-known products that are growing in popularity.
The future for herbal products lies in natural and organic preparations that are produced in the same way that conventional pharmaceutical preparations are made. These preparations can be made more cost-effective than medicinal drugs in the industrialized countries and this has led many manufacturers to look to developing the products for medicinal purposes from their home countries. However, even though this is good news for the consumer, it is important to remember that it is not necessarily safer or more effective in all circumstances. It is up to the consumer to check the purity of the preparations being consumed and to consider the potential side effects of any herb or supplement before consumption.