Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Here at RidgeCrest Herbals, we are always happy to answer your questions. Some of the most common ones are answered here. If you don't find the answer to you question, please call us at 800-242-4649, or email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Herbs are the second safest form of medicine known to man. (The very safest is homeopathy.)
People sometimes think that herbs are safe because they are "natural", but that is NOT TRUE. Hemlock (Conium maculatum), Deadly Nightshade (Atropa belladonna), and the Death Cap mushroom (Amanita phalloides) are all 100% natural, but are also very deadly poisons.
Herbal medicines are safe not because they are natural, but because they have been used for thousands of years, with millions of people, and their medicinal properties and potential side effects are generally very well known. Thousands of years of experience are not to be lightly dismissed, especially when compared to a handful of supposedly "scientific" studies.
Keeping herbal medicine safe requires good formula design and specification; proper growing, harvesting, drying, and processing; and proper manufacturing and packaging. Failure at any of these steps can affect the safety of the finished product. So it is very important to know the sources of your herbs, and know that the people who supply them are taking the same precautions that you would take in sourcing them for yourself.
At RidgeCrest Herbals, we take our own products every day, and we give them to our own families. We take every precaution to assure that they are both safe and effective, and that they are always of the same consistently high quality that we would expect as customers.
Homeopathy works well with herbs, but it can use up to 25% of the available capsule space. Herbs can be bulky, and need all the capsule space they can get.
With our unique (patent pending) Homeoactive™ encapsulation, we build the homeopathic ingredients directly into the encapsulation process, leaving the entire usable capsule space available for herbs. This makes our homeopathic and herbal formulas the most potent anywhere, with fewer and smaller capsules to swallow.
Every medicine (or medicinal ingredient) has at least one effect that we desire, which is why we take it. But that effect can vary greatly from one individual or condition to another, and a medicine that works well for one person, may not work so well for another.
Each medicine or ingredient may also have unwanted side effects, which can also vary from one person to another—so one person may get great benefits with few side effects, while another gets only side effects but no real benefit.
A good over-the-counter medicine is one that works pretty well for most people, and hopefully has few serious side effects. This one-medicine-fits-all, or “silver bullet” approach, has been the basis of western medicine for the last hundred years or more.
Complex formulas are different, and though they are common in oriental medicine, they are less familiar here. Complex formulas use small doses of many ingredients, rather than large doses of one or two.
Although people still react differently to each ingredient, complex formulas are more effective for more people—people who don’t respond much to one ingredient are likely to respond better to others. And because the dose of each ingredient is smaller, there is less chance of serious adverse reactions, side effects, and drug interactions.
Well-designed complex formulas, like a complex diet, just work better than large doses of one or two ingredients. RidgeCrest Herbals products are complex—our simplest formulas have four or five ingredients, and some have over forty. Complex formulas are more expensive to create and manufacture than simple ones, since we have to test dozens of ingredients, not just one or two. But the results are worth the extra effort.
Some of these disciplines, like TCM and Eclectic medicine, overlap in many ways, and round each other out. Others, like homeopathy and herbs or nutrition, reinforce each other, making for real synergy—where a combination is more than the sum of its parts.
Our multi-disciplinary approach develops this potential synergy.
Many health conditions are caused or made worse by nutritional deficiencies. Our modern western diet is not varied enough to provide good nutrition for most people.
In fact, the US Department of Agriculture reports that the nutritional value of many fruits and vegetables is less than half what it was in 1948, when they started keeping records. Vitamins, trace minerals, and other nutritional supplements can contribute greatly to good health, especially when tailored to individual conditions and needs.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (or “TCM”) is probably the most comprehensive system of natural medicine in use today. TCM is one of the oldest medical systems, with literature dated as early as 2500 BC. TCM is also the most widely practiced natural medicine, used regularly by over two billion people worldwide. TCM is well documented, with many good reference books, even in English. TCM is also eclectic, borrowing useful ingredients and methods from many other cultures. In fact, TCM has studied and classified over 10,000 natural medicines from all over the world—much more than any other discipline.
TCM ingredients have been combined in many ways over a long period of time, so their characteristics when combined are very well known. In fact, most TCM medicines are complex formulas, not single herbs, and many such formulas have been used for hundreds, or even thousands of years. RidgeCrest products often begin with TCM herbal formulas, though we often modify them for modern over-the-counter use.
By using only the best quality ingredients, with extensive testing both before and after manufacturing, our TCM-based formulas are among the safest and most effective natural remedies available anywhere.
America has always been a crossroads for many different influences. Native Americans had many herbal remedies. European settlers brought their own herbal remedies with them as they came to the Americas.
By the early 1800s, American herbalists were also studying herbal remedies brought by natives of Central and South America, Asia, Africa, and even Australia. As they adopted herbal remedies from many different sources, these herbalists began calling themselves Eclectic—a term that means “choosing what is best from various sources or systems.” For over a hundred years the Eclectics were the recognized leaders of medical science, until herbal medicines were mostly replaced by pharmaceutical drugs in the 1920s and 1930s.
RidgeCrest Herbals remains strongly influenced by the Eclectic approach.
Our remedies are drawn not only from all branches of herbalism, but also from homeopathy and modern nutritional science. We continue to search the world for the most effective natural methods and ingredients, and new ways to use them together.
Yes and no. European Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) can be used in large doses (4000 mg/day or more) to raise blood pressure that is too low. There are also a few studies that suggest that it may raise the blood pressure of “healthy adults”. However, many experts suggest that Chinese Licorice (a different species, Glycyrrhiza uralensis) may not have that effect, and it certainly is not generally used that way.
Both European and Chinese licorice are tonic herbs, meaning that they help the body better regulate its own functions, so the fact that it normalizes low blood pressure may not mean that it aggravates high blood pressure—in many cases, the same tonic herbs are used to normalize conditions from either direction.
Complex formulas use small doses of many different ingredients, so they are more complicated and expensive to manufacture than simpler formulas, especially in the small manufacturing quantities usually used in the professional market.
Finally, the Chinese Licorice in ClearLungs is less than 20 mg per capsule, so it is extremely unlikely that it would have a noticeable effect on blood pressure in any event. It is present because in the Chinese herbal formula, Chinese Licorice is a “guiding herb” which harmonizes the actions of the other herbs and makes them more effective.
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