Are herbal supplements safe to use?

Are herbal supplements safe to use?

Herbal supplements are products derived from plants and/or their oils, roots, seeds, berries or flowers. Herbal supplements have been used for many centuries. They are believed to have healing properties.

Herbal products come in many different forms and may be used internally or externally. The forms of herbal

products include:

  • Liquid extracts
  • Teas
  • Tablets and capsules
  • Bath salts
  • Oils
  • Ointments

For centuries, herbal supplements have been used for their healing properties. Before you take herbals, make sure you know what’s in them, if they’re safe, and how they react with other supplements and medications.

In many cases, people use herbal supplements with prescribed medicines. This can result in serious health problems due to drug interactions. Always talk to your healthcare provider before you begin using an herbal supplement.
If you take aspirin, digoxin, diuretics, hypoglycemic, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, spironolactone or warfarin, DO NOT use herbal supplements without first checking with your doctor.