Herbal supplements are a type of dietary supplement containing one or more herbs. They are:
- Sometimes called botanicals
- Made from plants, algae, fungi, or a combination of these
- Sold as teas, extracts, tablets, capsules, powders, or in other forms.
In a 2012 National Institutes of Health (NIH) survey, 89 percent of American adults who took dietary supplements other than vitamins and minerals gave wellness-related reasons for using them:
- 83 percent - for general wellness or disease prevention
- 42 percent - for improve immune function
- 31 percent - for improve energy
- 27 percent - for increased focuses on the whole person—mind, body, and spirit
- 22 percent - for improve memory or concentration
If you think an herbal supplement is right for you, remember to talk to your trusted health care provider about your particular situation.