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Tisanes are one of several ancient methods of preparing medicinal plants for therapeutic use. In fact, this method of administering herbal ingredients to patients is one of the oldest and has proven to be successful over time. The caveat is the active ingredients of the herbal material must be water soluble. These ‘water soluble’ remedies have been elucidated over the centuries. In ancient time, the dried herbal ingredient could easily be stored by the practitioner and they could prescribe a blend of in­ gredients to treat a specific condition. The amount of herbal material would be adjusted as per the desired dose, and the patient could be instructed to consume the tisane at fixed intervals (e.g., twice a day 30 minutes before meals). Basically, the ancient version of what we call today pharmaceutical formu­ lations and prescriptions.

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Tisanes can be used as expectorants to help relieve the symptoms of bronchitis and catarrhs of the upper respiratory tract. Get your complimentary subscription of Oilfield PULSE courtesy of Pinnacle Drilling Fluids Ltd. Modern medicine struggles with the dilemma of how to treat uncomplicated cases of the common cold. The common cold, or upper respiratory tract infection, is one of the leading reasons for consulting a physician or naturopathic practitioner. The common cold is caused by viruses and usually treated symptomatically. Antibiotics are not effective in an uncomplicated upper respiratory tract infection. Often prescribing antibiotics is not clinically justified, but there are not many effective and safe alternatives to help treat the symptoms. Herbal tisanes can be used to help manage the symptoms of the common cold. Generally, tisanes, just like many herbal remedies, have been ignored by modern medicine because of the purported lack of clinical evidence despite the centuries of use by physicians.

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