Herbal Supplement Safety – Myths about Taking Herbal Remedies

January 26, 2012 by  
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Herbal Supplement Safety – Myths about Taking Herbal Remedies

Article by Stephanie Jacobs

Herbal supplements are safe because they are natural, right? That is what most people think, but is it really a true statement? It is always a good idea to know what you are taking into your body. Before you take any herbal remedies, learn about some myths related to them.

Myth One: Herbal supplements are natural and natural means safe; so, it follows that herbal supplements are safe.

Fact: Natural does not necessarily mean safe. There are many poisons that occur in nature. One is deadly nightshade, which can cause twitching, paralysis, and even death.

Fact: Not all herbal supplements are purely natural. Some have added drugs and other chemical substances. Read the label carefully to make sure there are no ingredients besides the natural herbs you are buying.

Myth Two: Herbal supplements are good for you if you have medical problems.

Fact: Talk to your doctor if you have any chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, psychiatric problems or a history of stroke. Let your doctor make the decision as to whether the herbs are safe for you.

Myth Three: Herbal products do not have any side effects.Fact: There are many side effects known to be common with herbal remedies. Common side effects are upset stomachs, headaches, skin rashes, and high blood pressure.

Myth Four: These remedies are tested for safety and effectiveness.Fact: There is no government mandate that herbal supplements must be tested before they are sold. There is not only little testing for safety, there is also little evidence that many of the herbs do what they are said to do.

Myth Five: Herbal health remedies can be taken with prescription and over the counter drugs without adverse effects.

Fact: There are often interactions with prescription or over the counter drugs. These interactions may cause the medications to be stronger or weaker in the system than without the herbals. For example, St. John’s wort decreases the ability of the body to absorb certain medications that you might need very much. Talk to your doctor if you are taking medications to make sure they will still work as they should.

Myth Six: The amount you take of herbal supplements is not important.

Fact: If you do take herbal remedies, do not take more than the recommended amounts. They are usually powerful substances, even if they are not classified as drugs. The interactions and side effects they cause are more severe if you take too much.

For more information, visit Environmental Diseases at http://www.environmentaldiseases.com/

The author is a public relations writer for Environmental Diseases.

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