Harmless herbs? A review of the recent literature.

@article{Ernst1998HarmlessHA,
  title={Harmless herbs? A review of the recent literature.},
  author={E. Ernst},
  journal={The American journal of medicine},
  year={1998},
  volume={104 2},
  pages={
          170-8
        }
}
  • E. Ernst
  • Published 1998
  • Medicine
  • The American journal of medicine
Herbal medicines have become a popular form of therapy. They are often perceived as being natural and therefore harmless. This article reviews the recent literature on the adverse effects of herbal remedies. Examples of allergic reactions, toxic reactions, adverse effects related to an herb's desired pharmacological actions, possible mutagenic effects, drug interactions, drug contamination, and mistaken plant identities are provided. Because of underreporting, our present knowledge may well be… Expand
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