Herbal medicine is based on the use of plants as remedies for a wide range of conditions. Herbal supplements (containing either one or several herbs or mixed with other ingredients) are available from health food stores, alternative healthcare professionals, pharmacies, herbalists and the Internet. As such, the range of potency, ingredients, quality and price can vary greatly.
In the US, there is very little regulation on alternative medications, making it difficult to be able to quantify through research that a particular herb or compound has a positive (or negative) treatment effect. The lack of standardization and regulation makes it difficult to determine just how much of an herb or supplement is contained in a product, or if there are additional unlisted ingredients. Another misconception is that any herb or supplement Continue reading