Herbal medicine- how safe they are?!
About 80% of people worldwide rely on herbal medicines for some aspects of their primary health care. Even it has been estimated that 25% of modern medicines are made from plants first used traditionally, such as aspirin, artemisinin, ephedrine, and paclitaxel. However, there is limited scientific evidence to establish the safety and efficacy of most herbal products.
How can herbal medicine cause harm to human?
Toxicity- Some herbs have shown intrinsic toxicity in humans when used at normal dosage or in overdose… Whereas, adverse effects associated with herbal medicines may result from contamination of products with toxic metals, adulteration, misidentification or substitution of herbal ingredients, or improperly processed or prepared products.
Inappropriate use- Use of herbal medicines for wrong indication or in overdosage can cause negative or dangerous effects.
Herb-Drug Interaction. All herbal medicines are complex mixtures of more than one active ingredients. Multitude of active ingredients will increase the possibilities of interactions between herbal medicines and conventional drugs. Moreover, users of medicinal herbs are usually suffering from chronic conditions for which they are likely to take prescribed drugs concomitantly. This, in turn, further increases the potential of herb-drug interaction.
However, the toxicity classification is lack of scientific standard and objective experimental data. There is no adequate data about toxic herbs, toxic target organs, safe dose range, safety window of effective dose, and minimum toxic dose. Thus, to specify the toxic and adverse effect of each herbal medicine is a vital base to ensure the safe use of herbal medicine.
Why to choose products of Dr. JRK’s Research?
Even though Dr. JRK’s Research & Pharmaceuticals pvt ltd is a manufacturing company of proprietary siddha medicines, all its products are tested for safety and presence of heavy metals besides microbial contamination. There are also clinical studies done at various institutes, which confirm that there is no herb-drug interaction while the products are used along with conventional drugs. Products such Dr. JRK’s 777 oil and Psorolin ointment were also tested under OECD guidelines for toxicity studies and were proven to be absolutely safe! Various in vivo studies confirm the non-cytotoxic/non-irritant nature of the topical products. And the oil products are tested batchwise for rancid nature which also confirm their quality.
It is better to be sure before you start taking herbal medicine. Do consult your physician for the treatment and avoid self-medication.