Herbal supplements are non-pharmaceutical, non-food substances marketed to improve health. Herbalism (herbal medicine, botanical medicine) is the use of plant-derived substances, and sometimes other environmental substances, to treat or cure medical conditions.
There are no unified practices, no enforceable standards for strength or purity, and relatively few guidelines for practitioners.Also, there is no clear definition of what a “herbal remedy” is. A large number of currently available drugs are originally plant-derived, which means herbalism is basically pharmacology’s petulant.
What are herbal health products and supplements?
A botanical is a plant or part of a plant that people use to try to stay healthy, or to treat health conditions and illnesses. An herbal health product or supplement (also called a botanical product) is a type of dietary supplement that contains one or more herbs.Herbal health products and supplements are available in many forms, including in tea bags, capsules, tablets, liquids, and powders.
Are herbal health products and supplements safe?
Herbs aren’t necessarily safer than the ingredients in over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medicines just because they come from nature. Although herbal health products and supplements are advertised as “natural,” their ingredients aren’t necessarily natural to the human body. They may have strong effects on your body. They can also cause unpleasant health effects (also called adverse effects).