Most popular medicinal herbs, are reasonably safe for most people most of the time when taken in recommended amounts. The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labels them as G.R.A.S. – Generally Regarded As Safe.
But remember herbs do contain pharmacologically active compounds that have drug effects on the body when taken in medicinal doses. They therefore can potentially cause harm – allergic reactions, side effects, possible fetal injury, interactions with other herbs and drugs, and death.
It cannot be overemphasized enough that overall, herbs are safer than drugs, but they are potent medicine, and anyone who uses them should do so cautiously and responsibly. Fortunately you don’t need to be a master herbalist to use medicinal herbs safely. All you need is a little information and some common sense.
You should know the following ten safety guidelines by heart. Study them with intent and make them part and parcel of your approach to herbal medicine.
As you study herbs in more depth you’ll soon find out that some of them can be considered as commandments; others merely as guidelines.
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