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How Safe and Effective are Herbal Remedies

How Safe and Effective are Herbal Remedies is a question asked by many of our clients on buying our products. Used correctly, herbal remedies can be a safer, less expensive alternative to pharmaceuticals. Doctors have begun to recognize their treatment value. By Michael Castleman | October/November 2010 Herbal remedies can be a safer, less expensive alternative to pharmaceuticals, and you can grow many of them in your backyard. PHOTO: DIANE GUTHRIE, STYLING BY BITTERSWEET FLORAL & DESIGN. How Safe and Effective are Herbal Remedies Like drugs, medicinal herbs can cause harm. Anything that’s pharmacologically active can. Anyone who calls herbs hazardous is totally misinformed. Every year the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) compiles statistics on accidental deaths from drugs, herbs, vitamins, and other supplements. The AAPCC’s most recent report (2008) records 1,756 accidental poisoning deaths. How many were attributable to medicinal herbs? Zero. In every accidental death caused by a pharmacological agent, the culprit was a pharmaceutical. And it’s been that way for many years. Herbs are safer than drugs. University of Toronto researchers combed 30 years of medical literature (1966 to 1996) for reports of drug side effects in hospital patients. Extrapolating from the 39 most rigorous studies, (more…)