When it comes to herbs, there are a few key things to consider. This guide will go over some of the most important factors to take into consideration when making herb comparisons.
Herbal medicine is a complex topic that is constantly evolving. As such, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest research. This guide will provide an overview of the key things to consider when comparing herbs.
Herbs can differ in a number of ways, including:
- user compliance
- environmental factors
- safety and side effects
We’ll look at these below, as well as provide links to our popular herbal comparison articles.
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What to Look for When Comparing Herbs?
When it comes to herbs, there are a few key things to compare.
How potent is the herb? This is important to consider because it can affect how effective the herb is. Some herbs require large doses, while others need to be taken in tiny amounts.
How easy is it to take a herb? For instance, some herbs come only in tincture form and have an unpleasant, bitter taste. These types of herbs can be difficult to take on a regular basis. You may find yourself looking for an herb with similar benefits that’s easier to take.
Our hope is to provide clarity on these types of matters and provide you with the best alternative.
Some herbs have side effects that can be unpleasant. In this case, is there a similar herb that provides the same benefits without the side effects?
Many herbs are at risk of over-harvesting. In this case, it’s best to find an alternative that has less environmental risk associated with it.
Common Herb Comparisons:
Below are links to our popular herbal comparison articles.
We have broken these down by herb. For a quick way to see if we’ve written about the herbs that you’re interested in, use “ctrl+f” on PC (or “command + f” on Mac) to search this page for your herb of interest.
American Ginseng (Panax spp.)
•American Ginseng vs. Ashwagandha
•American Ginseng vs. Asian Ginseng
•American Ginseng vs. Eleuthero
•American Ginseng vs. Rhodiola
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
•Ashwagandha vs. St. John’s Wort
•Ashwagandha vs. Valerian Root
Asian Ginseng (Panax ginseng)
•Asian Ginseng vs. American Ginseng
Boswellia (Boswellia serrata)
Cistanche (Cistanche herba)
•Cistanche deserticola vs. Cistanche tubulosa
Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
Fadogia (Fadogia agrestis)
•Fadogia agrestis vs. Tongkat Ali
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum)
Lavender (Lavadula angustifolia)
Maca (Lepidium meyenii)
•Raw Maca vs. Gelatinized Maca
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)
•Passionflower vs. Valerian Root
Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Sea Moss (Chondrus crispus)
Shilajit (Asphaltum punjabianum)
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
•St. John’s Wort vs. Ashwagandha
Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma longifolia)
•Tongkat Ali vs. Fadogia agrestis
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Valerian Root (Valeriana officinalis)
•Valerian Root vs. Ashwagandha
•Valerian Root vs. Passionflower
Although many herbs have very similar health benefits, there are just as many differences that you should be aware of so that you can be educated in your decisions and add the herbs most beneficial to your health and lifestyle.
As always, it is best to check with your health care practitioner before making any changes to your diet or adding any new supplements.