How can I choose the herbal product that is right for me?
Single herb or combination product? Capsule, tablet, extract or tea? Which brand? Standardized or not? Sometimes it seems that there are just too many choices!! Some of these choices are ultimately matters of personal choice. The issue of product form is one example - are you attracted to the rich history of herbal extracts and decoctions or do you have trouble swallowing tablets and capsules? Then you may want to try a liquid extract or tea product. On the other hand, if you can't bear the taste of Valerian or Echinacea, or if you like the convenience of non-liquid forms, you might choose a tablet or capsule. Similarly, there are separate values attached to both single herb products and to herbal formulas. You might appreciate the experience and knowledge that many manufacturers have brought to designing combination products, with a goal toward attaining a higher work together for the intended use. Multi-ingredient formulas have been the standard in Asian and Indian herbal traditions for centuries. Then again, you might prefer the simplicity of taking only one herb at a time, an approach that has more historical acceptance in the West. Finally, if you have purchased a product that works for you and that provides the promised benefits, stick with it, whether it's a tablet, tincture or tea, whether a single herb or a complex formulation of several herbs. And remember - a brand that is remarkably less expensive than other products with the same or similar ingredients is not always the best bargain.