Unlike prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, herbal products and supplements don’t have to be tested to prove they work well and are safe before they’re sold. Also, they may not be pure. They might contain other ingredients, such as plant pollen, that could make you sick. Sometimes they contain drugs that aren’t listed on the label, such as steroids or estrogens. Some of these products may even contain toxic (poisonous) substances, such as arsenic, mercury, lead and pesticides.
What types of herbal products and supplements are available?
Hundreds of herbal products and supplements are available. They are advertised to treat just about any symptom. However, there are some that do not serve its purpose..
Talk to your doctor before taking herbal products.
If you are going to have surgery, be sure to tell your doctor if you use herbal products.
You should be especially cautious about using herbal health products or supplements if you take Drugs to treat depression, anxiety or other psychiatric problems
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