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75% Herbal Medicines do not Provide Safety Information

Herbal treatments are considered as the next best alternative to the prescribed allopathic medicines. A new study has emphasized on the information that is absent on the herbal medicines, which is necessary to be known before its consumption.

The researchers of the study from Leeds University School of Pharmacy investigated certain herbal medicines for their safety information. The herbal medicines like St John’s Wort, Asian ginseng, Echinacea, Garlic, Ginkgo were examined by the researchers.

The study published in the journal BMC Medicine revealed that 75% of the herbal medicines did not constitute the complete safety information required to be displayed for the consumers.

Such a fault at hands of these herbal medicine manufacturing companies could risk lives of their consumers.

Only three out of the five products provided information about its adverse reactions. The medicines were available at the two health-food stores, three chain pharmacies and three supermarket chemists.

As per Professor Theo Raynor, who led the study, the consumers of such medicines should confirm that the medicine possessed Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) logo, which means that the medicine was authenticated by the Government. He further added, “People should tell their doctor about herbal medicines they are taking so they receive the best care”.