Herbal Remedies: Are They Really Safe?

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“Natural” does not always indicate “Pure”. “Herbal based” does not always indicate it is 100% herbal in makeup. “Organic” does not always indicate it is absolutely, purely, organic. And something that is licensed “98% Natural and Organic” is in fact “2% damaged material”.

Let me ask this: If you take a 10 ounce glass of filtered water, guaranteed pure, pristine, non-harmful, and also add 1/8th of an ounce of rat poison, how safe is that water to drink? Furthermore, if you are using a product that is “98% pure”, just how pure is that 100% product– what is the other 2% of it adding to the overall product?

Individuals who are dubious of traditional medications usually choose to self-medicate with herbal remedies in the belief that “natural” equals safe. Although widely considered harmless, herbal remedies might have powerful chemicals such as quinine from cinchona bark, digitalis (a heart medicine) from foxgloves or Taxol (an anti-cancer treatment) from yew bark as well as some have pollutants such as arsenic, lead and other metals. A herbal remedy taken for medicinal functions is not an “over the-counter medicine”, however it does deserve caution and respect.

Possibly the major difference between “drugs” from one of the major drug manufacturers and the herbs you grow in your herb garden or gather growing wild in nature is that the “manufactured drug” is generally a particular extract from the whole and as such is more concentrated and gets rid of all the other associated components found in the complete herb.

Even more, their feasible threats are usually spelled out on the package insert. By contrast, the safety profile of most herbal products is not listed. And there is a general “unawareness” of the lack of regulations controling their usage by the public as a whole.

The majority of herbal mixtures are not legally allowed to be sold as medicines in Canada or the USA however are categorized as foods. Since they’re considered as foods, cautioning labels are not required. Just a few herbal products bear federal Drug Identification Numbers (DIN) authorizing their sale as medicines.

After centuries of experience, the most highly toxic plants have been removed from the herbalist’s stock-in-trade. Lily-of-the-valley, daffodil, deadly nightshade, jimsonweed as well as hemlock are among substances prohibited by Health and Welfare Canada for sale as foods or in food.

Records regarding the negative effects of some herbal remedies are emerging, varying from minor to severe, from deadly poisonings to allergic reactions. A lot of the negative effects reported from herbs are from misidentification but include: serious allergic shock from camomile tea, heart issues from liquorice tonics, liver toxicity from comfrey and dizziness from oleander tea.

In one current situation, a lady who misinterpreted oleander for eucalyptus passed away after consuming the tea. In another an elderly couple passed away within 24-hour of overdosing on digitalis, misinterpreting poisonous foxgloves for comfrey.

Plants containing pyrrolizidine (e.g., Golden senecio or ragwort) are of raising concern due to records of liver disease from consuming this substance, specifically for long periods. Gordolobos tea containing this component – extensively consumed in the Southern UNITED STATE – is no more considered safe.

Dangerous overdoses from herbals are probably when they’re made into strong teas, soaked for 10-20 minutes or even more. For instance, liquorice has chemicals that when taken in large amounts, can trigger sodium and water retention, hypertension and even heart attack.

Furthermore, herbal remedies can interact with OTC drugs. Some plants such as tonka beans, melilot as well as woodruff, which raise bleeding, should not be consumed by those routinely taking Aspirin.

Numerous herbs – such as hellebore as well as hawthorn – can aggravate the effects of the heart medicine digitalis. Others such as bayberry, juniper as well as St. John’s Wort, even coffee, are powerful diuretics that should not be taken if you are currently taking prescription diuretics.

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