The main issue I have with herbal supplements is that they are not regulated or tested. There have been numerous studies about herbal supplements like Red Yeast Rice (people take it to reduce cholesterol), that have shown different levels of the cholesteral drug lovastatin. So there is a risk of being overmedicated, or on the other hand, not getting what you're paying for.
People/websites selling these unproven natural supplements can make any claims they want, because they are not tested or regulated by the FDA. Until these supplements are proven to contain what they state, and proven to do what they claim to do, I'll stay away from them.
Bottom line - get your information about herbal supplements from reputable sources, not just the websites that sell the products. The websites selling the products won't tell you about drug interactions, or adverse side effects.
Remember - just because a product is labeled "natural" doesn't mean it's safe, or better than a prescription medicine.
- 8/18/2010 2:54:13 PM