UPDATE: THE DANGERS OF MIXING HERBAL & CONVENTIONAL MEDICINES
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.