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Herbal Medicine: Remedy or Poison to Your Body

Herbal medicine is the use of drugs found in plants for the prevention and cure of disease. Some are safe but others may produce harmful side effects. Today, we live in a time when manufactured medicines and prescriptions prevail, but do they have to be the only approach to healing? Even with all of these engineered options at our fingertips, many people find themselves turning back to the medicinal plants that started it all: Herbal remedies that have the ability to heal and boost physical and mental well-being. There is a downside when herbs are taken with a prescribed or over-the-counter drug, health problems may occur. Always check with your doctor before using herbal medicines.

Herb-drug interactions

Natural products are a mixture of Phyto-constituents, unlike conventional drugs. Usually, the quantity and quality of the bioactive substance from the herbs vary depending on the part of the plant used, environmental factors, method of collection, and storage conditions. The use of herbs as medicine is getting popular; hence, there is a need to address and review the interaction between the herb and the drug. Certain herbal supplements may cause dangerous side effects when taken with prescription drugs. 

People who take medicines with a narrow therapeutic index (e.g., digoxin, cyclosporine, warfarin, and others) should take special care to tell their health care providers about their use of herbal supplements. A narrow therapeutic index means that if the amount of the drug is even a little too low or too high, it can cause big problems. People who take herbal supplements such as Asian ginseng, St. John's wort, ephedra (ma huang), and others while taking certain medicines with a narrow therapeutic index may develop side effects like, gastrointestinal disturbances, allergic reactions, fatigue, dizziness, confusion, dry mouth, photosensitivity, hypertension, insomnia, arrhythmia, nervousness, tremor, headache, seizure, cerebrovascular event, myocardial infarction, and kidney stones.

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