The Harmless Herbs?

August 1, 2006

Imagesfg A lot of my patients are asking about whether it is safe for them to take Herbals… some are given to them by relatives working abroad. Mayo Clinic, a reputable institution posted a warning to people taking herbal supplements with the idea that… since they are herbs…they should be safe! However…be cautious, because some herbal preparations have active ingredients in them that can interact with the medications you’re presently taking and may cause harm.

Be cautious about taking an herbal

supplement if you’re currently


  1. Blood pressure medications
  2. Blood thinners like anticoagulants and anti-platelet
  3. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen
  4. Diabetes medications and
  5. Heart medications

Examples of herbal supplements that may possibly produce harmful side effects when used in combination with certain types of medications include:

  1. Black cohosh
  2. Dong quai
  3. Garlic Ginger
  4. Ginkgo Biloba and Ginseng
  5. St. John’s wort
  6. Chinese Angelica Ephedra (Ephedra sinica)
  7. Ma huang Garlic

The American College of Physicians likewise have published reports of herbal supplements causing liver toxicity and renal failure especially herbs marketed for weight loss purposes…and therefore we as primary health care providers don’t recommend herbal preparations to our patients.

So the next time you pass by a Herbal Supplement Store… remember…

Herbs Are Not Harmless…

Be Cautious!

2 Responses to “The Harmless Herbs?”

  1. Candles Says:

    Great site! I’ll be back to check it out again. Thanks!

  2. herbal remedies and supplements is most healthy to me. Because herbal supplements is natural.
    Thanks. Dennise

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