Herbal supplements have various uses. The efficacy of the supplements varies due to the quality of the supplement. When searching online and following article links for herbal supplements, it is best to find products that have standardized ingredients.

Nine Herbal Supplements

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is used topically and can be ingested. Transparent gel extracted from the pulp of the meaty leaves of the aloe can be used topically for wounds, skin infections, burns, and other dermatologic conditions. The inner lining of the leaf can be orally ingested for its laxative effects.

2. Garlic

Regular consumption of unprocessed garlic may reduce the risk of developing gastric and colorectal cancer. Garlic is believed to lower cholestrol.

3. Ginger

Ginger taken orally is used to treat nausea related to pregnancy, motion sickness and chemotherapy.

4. Ginko Biloba

Ginkgo is used for the treatment of numerous conditions and has been used medicinally for thousands of years. The most popular use is for memory enhancement.

5. Horse Chestnut (HCSE)

Horse chestnut seed extract is widely used in Europe for chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). CVI symptoms include leg swelling, varicose veins, leg pain, itching, and skin ulcers.

6. Lycopene

Studies have shown that a high intake of foods with lycopene, such as tomatoes reduced incidence of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and macular degeneration.

7. Milk Thistle

Milk thistle is another plant that has been used medicinally for thousands of years. It is most commonly used for the treatment of liver and gallbladder disorders.

8. Saw palmetto

Saw palmetto is used in Europe for treating benign prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement of the prostate).

9. Soy

Soy is a native subtropical plant in southeastern Asia. Soy protein added to the diet has been shown to moderately decrease total cholesterol and including low-density lipoprotein or "bad" cholesterol.

Herbal Supplements

There are many dietary supplements available. These include proteins, vitamins and animal derived products. So you won't find items such as SAM-E or fish oil in this list. This is a list of herbal supplements.

The herbal supplements in this list were select on the basis of popularity and to demonstrate the wide variety of uses of herbal supplements.

Be cautious with herbal supplements. The amount of any the herbs and their potentency vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Herbal supplements can also interact with both prescription and over the counter medicines. If you are taking any medicine let your doctor know what herbal supplement you are taking. A pharmacist is a good source of information when you have questions regarding the use of an herbal supplement with over the counter drugs.

Remember, self-treating with herbal supplements is not an excuse for seeing a doctor. If you have a health condition that you are concerned about, SEE A DOCTOR.