Herbal supplements have become popular in the treatment of common colds, stress, weight maintenance, sleep aids, etc. Informal studies have shown that 1 in 3 Americans use herbs as a choice medicine over conventional medicine and/or with conventional medicine. Be aware that there may be an inherent danger in the use of herbs with or without conventional drugs.
The herbal industry is not FDA regulated. Therefore, there is limited research on the effects of herbs. Government quality assurance standards do not apply to the manufacturing of herbs and their labeling. The ingrediants may be misrepresented and or contaminated. These products may contain a mixture of chemicals. Their use carries risks.
If you are considering using herbal supplements, please consult with your physician before doing so.
Trisha M. Pacenti RN,BSN