Herbal Supplements

Herbal supplements are products made from plants and used solely for internal use. They come in all forms: dried, chopped, powdered, capsule or liquid and can be swallowed as pills, brewed in tea, applied topically or added to bath water.
Herbal supplements can interact with conventional medicines and have strong effects. Please consult your doctor and observe the following precautions:
  • Research the company whose herbs you are taking. All supplements are not created equal. Do your research and go with a reputable company that provides easy-to-follow directions and research about their product. Many creditable companies will conduct their own research on their supplements and will offer information about the product.
  • Watch for side effects. If you experience nausea, dizziness or upset stomach, either reduce the dosage or stop taking the supplement.
  • Follow label instructions and use the prescribed dosage only. Never exceed the recommended dosage and seek out information about who should not take the supplement.
The FDA considers herbal supplements to be food, not drugs, so they are not subject to the same testing, manufacturing and labeling standards and regulations as drugs. Please consult your doctor before taking herbal supplements.
Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine