In the United States, herbs are marketed as "foods" or "dietary supplements.” Since herbs are not regulated as drugs, no legal standards exist for their processing, harvesting, or packaging. A number of herbal products contain no useful ingredients, and some even lack the principal ingredient for which people buy them.
Herbs may seem safe, and some do have medicinal qualities. Like medicines, herbs may provide positive health benefits, but may also cause harmful side-effects. There is little known about herbal remedies, and caution should be exercised when considering their use.
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There is considerable research support for some of the basic daily routines that a person can do. Healthful eating, regular physical activity, and an overall healthful lifestyle can do much for a person seeking good health.
Before taking any medication, supplement, or herbal treatment, check with your doctor. Consult with a qualified health professional. There are many who make claims to be experts in nutrition and health.
Avoid taking herbal remedies with prescription or over-the-counter drugs. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding check with your doctor before taking herbal remedies. Use herbal products only in small amounts and for short time periods if your doctor says its okay.
If an herbal remedy causes side-effects stop taking it.
Be aware that many of the claims for herbal supplements are quackery.