Updated: Jan 30, 2021

The best time to take herbal medicine is half hour before meals. In acute conditions doses should be taken a few days until cessation of symptoms or on practitioner's instruction. In chronic cases treatment may continue for weeks but with the break of a week after each period of 6 weeks.

Dosage may vary from herb to herb but today's standard doses are as follows unless stated otherwise. Dried herbs may be swallowed with water (Psyllium seeds) or drunk as a tea or decoction. Dosage is usually thrice daily for chronic conditions and every 2 hours for acute cases.

Measurement: 1 millilitre = 15 drops, 1 teaspoon = 5ml (5 millilitres or 75 drops liquid medicine). Take liquid extracts or tinctures in water (25ml).

To make infusions with loose herbs can be used a glass teapot with infuser.

To measure loose herbs can be used measuring spoons.

Dosages for herbal remedies from birth till God's decree:

Babies up to six months should only have herbal remedies under the guidance of an experienced herbal practitioner.

Babies six months up to one year one-tenth of an adult dose. If the mother is breastfeeding the baby will receive the correct amount if the mother takes the normal dosage. It is important to consult a qualified practitioner.

Children one up to six years one-third of the normal adult dose.

Children six up to twelve years one-half of the normal adult dose.

Twelve years old and onwards 3-4 cups a day of infusions, or 2-3 cups a day decoctions, or 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of tincture 2-3 times a day.

Over 70s infusions 2-3 cups a day, or decoctions 1-2 cups a day, or tinctures 1 tsp (5 ml) 2-3 times a day.

Note: The herbs here recommended are to be used for their natural healing properties. If you have a chronic condition or are already following medical advice, you should seek further advice before you start any herbal treatment. There are herbs that are not safe to be used when you have a medical condition, are pregnant or breastfeeding, so pay particular attention to warnings and contraindications. Children's dosages differ from those for adults. Do not exceed the recommended dosages.

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