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Tell Dentist if You Take Herbal Supplements

 
Chapter: Why Herbals Are Not Always Safe

"People think herbs are harmless because they are considered 'natural,' and they think, if one is good, 10 are better," said Dr. Shapira. But overdoing it with supposedly safe herbs can cause health problems as serious as internal bleeding and heart arrhythmia, Dr. Shapira warns.

 

He also points out that all drugs are natural. "Almost all medicines start out as plants, but established drugs have the benefit of being standardized and regulated by the Food and Drug Administration," he says. Herbal medications are not standardized or regulated in any way.

 

Dr. Shapira urges patients to be well informed before taking any herbal concoction or embarking on an alternative therapy such as acupuncture, chiropractic or even aromatherapy. That means more than reading the manufacturers' promotional material or Internet sites.
 

Reviewed: January 2012