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How long should I take a herbal remedy, if I suffer from an ailment or condition?

It all depends on the nature and seriousness of your ailment. In the case of an acute or superficial condition, you may end up taking the herbal extract for less than a month, perhaps even a day or two. For a chronic ailment, your period of treatment may last months. In the case of some products, there is a Duration of Use statement on the label that formally establishes how long the product may be used. If there is no Duration of Use statement on the label and you've been using a product for a month, the first question to ask yourself is whether you're feeling better. If you are feeling better, we recommend you follow a dose break schedule. After the first month, take a one-day break then continue taking the product. Once you've finished a second month of taking the product, take a two-day break. After the third month, take a three-day break and so on, gauging the state of your health after every discontinuation. Continue this monthly schedule of dose breaks until you reach a point where symptoms return. If they do, return to the previous month's break period. Here's how it works practically. Let's say you're taking a product and that at month 10, after a 10-day break, you notice an increase of symptoms. In the next month, month 11, go back to taking a nine-day break. If you feel no increase in symptoms, continue on with this nine-day break regimen for a further three to six months. After the three to six months, you can try extending the break period once again. If that doesn't work, return to a nine-day break. The upshot here is that you should stay at a break that works for three to six months and then retry the process, aiming all the while for an increase of the break period. If there is a therapeutic need to use topical products and there is no formal Duration of Use statement, we recommend a dose break schedule that is slightly different from the generally applicable dose break schedule we give above. Here’s how it works: after the first month, you should take a two-day break then continue taking the product. Once you've finished a second month of taking the product, take a four-day break. After the third month, take a six-day break and so on, gauging the state of your health after every discontinuation. Continue this monthly regime of dose breaks until you reach a point where symptoms return. If they do, return to the previous month's break period. Here's how it works practically. Let's say you're taking a product and that at month five, after a 10-day break, you notice an increase of symptoms. In the next month (month six), go back to taking an eight-day break. If you feel no increase in symptoms, continue on with this eight-day break regimen for a further three to six months. After the three to six months, you can try extending the break period once again. If that doesn't work, return to an eight-day break. You should stay at a break that works for three to six months and then retry the process, aiming all the while for an increase of the break period.

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