Herbal Supplement Firms Focus On Serious Adverse Events

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Herbal supplements are basically the study of the use of specific medicinal plants and pharmacognosy, which are a very important foundation of traditional herbal medicine. However, there is very limited scientific data for the efficiency and safety of herbal plants used in modern herbalism, making that available only for medicinal purposes. The safety of taking herbs depends upon many factors. These include the type of the plant, its preparation and the way it is taken. Also, there are some other things to consider when you want to take an herbal supplement as they can interact with your current medications.

Allergic Reactions

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The most common warning signs that you should be aware of are allergic reactions. Allergic reactions can range from mild effects such as minor skin rashes to more severe ones such as severe headaches and even anaphylactic shock. As much as possible, when you use herbal supplements, it is best to know exactly which herbs you are taking. This will prevent you from taking herbs that have unknown interactions with your other medications and health problems.

Another factor to consider is that some types of herbal supplements may cause adverse reactions with more common types of conventional medicines. Some examples are ayurvedic medicines like dalchini and prune, which usually have mild to moderate side effects such as nausea, vomiting, headache, dry mouth and upset stomach. On the other hand, the symptoms of Valerian and kava are more pronounced. As much as possible, do not use herbal supplement medicines that have been proven to be unsafe.

Natural Alternatives

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Herbal supplements are mostly used as natural alternatives to conventional drugs. Although they are safer than drugs, they may also cause unwanted side effects. It is vital to know everything about the herb or plant you are planning to use before taking it. Consult your doctor if you have any questions or doubts regarding the herbal supplement you plan to buy. Taking herbal supplements should not replace conventional drugs; instead, they should work in conjunction with them. Herbs can interact with medicines to help restore a healthier condition and balance your body.

Concentrated In Bath Water

The most common type of herbal supplement is concentrated in bath water. Some plants have very few volatile oils, while some plants have very high levels of oils that make them ideal for tea infusions or added as a preservative to medicinal drugs. Some plants are best used in preparations that have botanicals in them, while some are best used with other ingredients.

Bottom Line 

Still, despite the knowledge limitations, there is another important area that health care professionals should be concerned about – adverse events. Adverse events are known to cause short-term problems including headache, upset stomach, and nausea. They also can increase the risk for serious adverse events such as heart disease and strokes. So, the focus of herbal supplement firms should be on producing products that do not contain these ingredients. A good way to do that is by avoiding herbs that have been known to produce serious adverse events. Instead, the focus should be on using herbs that have proven benefits but are not known to produce serious adverse events.

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