Posted on: March 13, 2018

You’re not the first person to have questions about herbs and herbalism. So, we brought in one of our experts to help answer some of the most common questions and concerns. David Bunting, Herb Pharm's VP of Botanical Affairs, began studying herbalism in 1979 and has been making herbal medicines professionally since 1982.

Question: How do you take herbs?

If you are using an extract or any type of herbal product, it’s important to read and follow the directions. This may entail using a spray, mixing a liquid extract or powder in water or juice or swallowing a capsule. Nearly all herbal products are taken on an empty stomach, any time from 2 hours after eating until 30 minutes before eating. Taking herbs 2 or more times per day (as instructed) helps to keep them in your system longer.


Tonic herbs are used to build and tonify various organs and systems. These are usually slower acting and are taken on a regular, daily basis for an extended time. Depending on the herb, the person and the desired effect, many tonic herbs may be taken for 2 months or more. Acute herbs are generally faster acting and used when a need is immediate. These are taken for shorter periods and may be followed up with a longer course of tonic herbs to tonify the system involved.