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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hidden Dangers of Herbal Medicines

Thursday, January 26, 2012
The experts from Leeds University School of Pharmacy UK recently warned the threat behind the consumption of herbal medicines. They claimed the consumption of herbal medicines can cause serious health problems. The reason, most herbal medicines are sold in the market do not include security warning signs such as expiration dates and side effects.

In their study, they surveyed the five types of herbal medicine the most popular of which, St. John's wort, giseng Asia, echinacea, garlic and gingko. According to researchers, there are still many consumers who never knew what the side effects from use of these herbal medicines.

St. John's wort, for example, that during use to overcome to overcome bad mood. This herb was able to reduce the effectiveness of the contraceptive pill. While ginkgo, which is said to increase blood circulation, increase alertness, and as blood thinners, it should not be combined with other drugs.

Asian ginseng, which is often used to boost the immune system, and echinacea are often used to protect themselves from the flu, also has a hidden danger. Garlic, which is used to lower high blood pressure, can be harmful if consumed in large quantities.

The researchers also conducted a survey of 68 herbal products sold in the market and found 51 of them (75 percent) do not contain information about precautions, drug interactions or side effects. Seventy percent of these products (48 of 68 products) marketed as a dietary supplement.

Researchers speculate that, at least herbal products that includes information labels can be caused by herbal shops so far been allowed to continue selling the old stock, without warning, and expiration date.

Professor Theo Raynor, who led the study said: The best advice for consumers is that they have to be careful. Any substance that affects the body has the potential to damage if not used correctly, "he said.

Raynor suggested, it is important for consumers to look for herbal medicines that already have a license, which means the drug has been approved by the government. "You should tell your doctor if you are taking herbal medicines. This dimaksudnkan so you get the best care," he added.

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