This site is intended to be used as an educational tool.  The suggestions described are not a substitute for appropriate counseling, diagnosis, and treatment from a qualified medical professional.  If you are taking medications, consult your health care practitioner before taking herbs.  If you want to use any of the plants mentioned on this site in large doses to achieve more therapeutic effects, please consult your health care practitioner.  Many herbs are contraindicated or inadvisable in chronic and acute diseases.  If you have a health challenge, consult with your health care practitioner before using herbs.  It is advised to use caution when using herbs and spices while pregnant.  Carminative and antispasmodic herbs that are commonly found in foods can stimulate the uterus and are not recommended for use during pregnancy.  Please consult with your midwife and health care practitioner before using herbs and spices during pregnancy.  Never taste an herb if you are not sure what it is.  Only use herbs that have been accurately identified.