Herbal and cultural “medications” are often viewed as “safe” because they are natural. Technically, they are classed as dietary supplements and thus are exempt from most FDA regulations. The FDA must have clear and undeniable evidence that a product is advertised deceptively or causes significant problems before it may intervene to pull that product off the store shelf.
Did you know that there are numerous reports of these products being contaminated with toxic metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic? There are even reports that some of them have been contaminated with “prescription medications.”
While many dietary supplements are safe, others have been associated with significant adverse effects, drug interactions and even death.
If you have a question about the safe use of these products, remember help is just a phone call away. 800-222-1222.