The waxy type of herbs that have been associated with allergic reactions, such as the bark of the lichen, is one that is more common than you might think.
It’s one of the ingredients that has been associated to a higher risk of some of the more common allergies.
But the same waxy-type herbs can also be helpful for some people, and in some cases, even be good for the body, according to a new review article in the journal Nature Medicine.
A lot of people who are allergic to the lichens in the herbs and have problems with breathing, skin problems, or other conditions also have other allergies, so it’s important to know which of the waxy herbs and herbs you should use for those conditions.
Waxy herbs that contain saponins and flavonoids (essential oils) are thought to be beneficial in reducing inflammation, while herbs that are more alkaline and acidic, such the licorice root, are thought by some to be helpful in helping to regulate blood sugar levels.
But because some people don’t have allergies to these waxy substances and some may have mild allergies, it’s not clear whether there is a benefit from using them for certain conditions.
“We know that waxy herb products can help in certain situations but there is very little data to suggest that these are the only or the most beneficial options for people,” said Sarah Nunn, a professor in the department of integrative medicine at the University of Utah and co-author of the review article.
“There are lots of options out there, so whether it’s an herbal product, or a natural remedy, there are plenty of choices out there.”
The waxy compounds found in licorices, for example, may help in regulating blood sugar, so they could be a good option for some allergies.
But they also can cause other problems, such inflammation, which can lead to heart problems and cancer.
“The idea that wacky, wacky stuff is the answer is not entirely unfounded,” said Dr. Nunn.
“A lot more research needs to be done in the context of how these compounds may interact with other compounds and their effects on the body,” she said.
One of the problems with using waxy products for conditions that require breathing support is that they may be less effective than the products that have actually been tested for their ability to treat breathing problems, said Dr Nunn who was not involved in the study.
“In this case, the tests that have found that the products can be effective are the ones that are done with animals and not humans,” she added.
“If it is something that has not been tested in humans, it may not be effective.”
She said it’s possible that using the wacky herb products for breathing support could be just as effective as a more common herb.
“When I think about breathing support, it is one of those things where people have to be careful with what they are prescribing because if you give someone a pill that is not going to help them breathe, it can be quite dangerous,” Dr Ninn said.
The authors of the Nature Medicine review concluded that it’s difficult to draw definitive conclusions about whether waxy medicines are good or bad for breathing.
They said that the best thing to do is to use them according to your personal preferences and what works best for you.
For those who want to learn more about the wavy waxy medicine, Dr Nill recommends that you talk to your doctor and see if the medicine is right for you, and then ask your pharmacist for recommendations.
“I would just start with the ones with the most scientific research that is available, then ask questions about how they work, what is the best dosage, how do they work on specific conditions,” she advised.
“You want to start with a low dose, take it with water, and you would have to make sure you are not making any other allergies worse.”
You can find more information about the benefits of licorics at www.naturemedicine.org.