11 doctors weighed in:
Are all herbal remedies safe?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree
In brief: No
Are all medicines safe? Remember that nightshade is a herb, so too is oleander both are very poisonous.

In brief: No
Are all medicines safe? Remember that nightshade is a herb, so too is oleander both are very poisonous.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Keep in mind
Keep in mind that medicinal herbs are a form of medicine and like synthetic meds have side effects, drug interactions and toxicities.
Check with your doc if you're on meds. Definitely stop any herb if you have wheezing, shortness of breath, itching, hive or angioedema.

In brief: Keep in mind
Keep in mind that medicinal herbs are a form of medicine and like synthetic meds have side effects, drug interactions and toxicities.
Check with your doc if you're on meds. Definitely stop any herb if you have wheezing, shortness of breath, itching, hive or angioedema.
Dr. Anna Guarna
Dr. Anna Guarna
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Some yes, some no
There are many herbal remedies, with varying characteristics, safety, & effectiveness.
A good general resource for you is national center for complementary & alternative medicine: http://nccam.Nih.Gov/health/herbsataglance.Htm for integrative medicine physicians who can work with you personally on this: www.Azcim.Org or www.Holisticboard.Org; naturopathic docs: www.Naturopathic.Org.

In brief: Some yes, some no
There are many herbal remedies, with varying characteristics, safety, & effectiveness.
A good general resource for you is national center for complementary & alternative medicine: http://nccam.Nih.Gov/health/herbsataglance.Htm for integrative medicine physicians who can work with you personally on this: www.Azcim.Org or www.Holisticboard.Org; naturopathic docs: www.Naturopathic.Org.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Caveaet emptor
"herbal remedies" imported from overseas, especially asia, are often not what they are supposed to be.
They are unregulated and you assume the risk.

In brief: Caveaet emptor
"herbal remedies" imported from overseas, especially asia, are often not what they are supposed to be.
They are unregulated and you assume the risk.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Kevin Daus
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Herbal Products
A lot of herbal products have not been tested for safety so you have to do some research of your own because a lot of docs are not up on herbs.

In brief: Herbal Products
A lot of herbal products have not been tested for safety so you have to do some research of your own because a lot of docs are not up on herbs.
Dr. Kevin Daus
Dr. Kevin Daus
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