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quote:Originally posted by chrisA point well made Ian.Many people mistakenly believe that because something has a herbal origin that it is in some way superior to, or safer than a pharmaceutical product.
quote:The difference between a herbal remedy and a pill prescribed by a doctor is that a pill from the doctor has to pass through very rigorous safety trials before it is unleashed on the public, and even after that it continues to be closely monitored for side effects. Should anything severe become apparent the agent is usually withdrawn, or its use is restricted.There are no such safeguards on herbal remedies. These agents do not have to satisfy the same rigorous safety tests. They are often available without a prescription and can interfere with other medications including blood-thinning agents, anti-epileptic drugs and oral contraceptives. They must be approached with caution.