UP­DATE: THE DAN­GERS OF MIX­ING HERBAL & CON­VEN­TIONAL MEDICINES

Woman & Home (South Africa) - - Health Is The New Wealth -

Many peo­ple be­lieve herbal reme­dies are safe, but they may con­tain strong in­gre­di­ents that can be dan­ger­ous when taken with con­ven­tional drugs. This has been high­lighted in a study by the South African Med­i­cal Re­search Coun­cil and Stel­len­bosch Univer­sity, which showed 49 reports of pos­si­ble in­ter­ac­tions be­tween herbal reme­dies and pre­scrip­tion drugs, in­clud­ing liver and kid­ney dam­age, bleed­ing, nau­sea, vom­it­ing, di­ar­rhoea, seizures and mus­cle pain. The most likely pre­scrip­tion medicines in­volved were statins, war­farin, an­tide­pres­sants and im­muno­sup­pres­sants. The herbal reme­dies in­cluded ginkgo biloba, St John’s wort, gin­seng, sage, flaxseed, cran­berry and goji juice, green tea, camomile and turmeric. So al­ways read the leaflet that comes with your med­i­ca­tion, and check with your phar­ma­cist or doc­tor if you need to avoid any herbal reme­dies or spices.

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