A guide to herbal remedies
Herbal remedies are plants used like a medicine. People use herbal remedies to help prevent or cure disease. They use them to get relief from symptoms, boost energy, relax, or lose weight.
Herbals are not regulated or tested like medicines.
How can you know what you are getting and if it is useful? This guide can help you choose and use herbals safely.
You have to be careful when using an herbal remedy. Herbal remedies are a type of dietary supplement. They are not medicines. Here are some things you should know about herbals:
- Herbals are not regulated like medicines.
- Herbals do not need to be rigidly tested before they are sold.
- Herbals may not work as claimed.
- Labels do not need to be approved. It may not list the correct amount of an ingredient.
- Some herbal remedies may contain ingredients or contaminants not listed on the label.
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