Since the ancient times, the use of herbs had been widely practiced for the belief that herbs have certain medicinal and therapeutic properties. From several findings that have shown certain facts regarding the benefits of certain herbs, many people were encouraged to embrace the herbal practice and from that it is no wonder that the use of herbs and herbal health products has now become widely accepted in the modern culture.
One of the supports for that fact regarding the rapid popularity of herbal health products is the consumer surveys that have consistently shown that nearly half of all the Americans alone now apply herbs and herbal health products. This report is somehow remarkable when we apprehend that the modern herbal health product industry is just over a quarter century old.
However, despite such wide acknowledgment of herbal health products especially in various self-medication choices, some sorts of fallacy exist regarding the regulation, safety as well as effectiveness of the herbal health products.
Many people believed that herbal health products are absolutely safe due to its being herbal or natural. This view is in fact not always true. It is for the reason that there are some herbs that are highly toxic, and even deadly. Aside from that, there are also some reports demonstrating the unexpected side effects of many herbal health products. However, many experts have only considered such problems with herbal health products to be of only minor concern.
Moreover, it is important to know that herbal health products are not really insured by the federal drug laws. In fact, it is noted that the United States even lacks level of governance to those herbal health products that are widely marketed today. Aside from that, it is noted that there is really no lawful standards that are imposed into the harvesting, processing and packaging of the herbal health products. As such, there is then a great possibility of poor quality, contamination, and adulteration. And for that, it is no doubt that many herbal health products can bring certain complications and adverse side effects to those who use it.
Given such information, it is then necessary to keep in mind that before considering herbal health products, the guidance and recommendations of the doctors are needed. It is from the doctors that certain information regarding the side effects, drug interaction, and dosage of a particular herbal health product is taken. So you better ensure that you talk to your doctor before taking any herbal supplement. Lastly, it is also important to check the labels for some instructions and the exact dosage before taking it to avoid some consequences and health complications.