Do you ever wonder if herbal products are safe or if they really work? Do you remember the last time someone told you to try something herbal?
Nearly 1 in 5 adults in the United States report taking an herbal product.(1) It is important to know that herbal and dietary products may not claim to “treat” what you may have.
It is commonly believed that herbal products are safe because they are “natural”. Many products do not list the risks they may have. Herbal products can also interact with your drugs.(2) A common product that you may take or heard of is Blach Cohosh for menopause. Here are some of the risks and benefits you may not have known!
Very rare liver toxicity
This is only one example of the many available herbal products today! So here are some things you can do before taking any products.
Tips before taking herbal products:
Do not diagnose yourself
Always go to your doctor for more information
Do not make decisions based off of other opinions and the internet
Find the closest pharmacist and ask questions. Your safety comes first!
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