However, perceived resistance from the mainstream medical community is beginning to shift, according to a recent Louis-Harris poll, which found that a growing number of doctors, nurses and pharmacists are more likely to recommend herbal supplements
to their patients or refer them to providers who do.
More than two-thirds of Canadians agree that natural herbal supplements
can be as effective as prescription drugs or over-the-counter remedies, in the maintenance, prevention and treatment of health problems, according to a national consumer survey conducted by Gallup for the Traditional Medicinals tea company.
Ginkgo Biloba, a plant extract from the maidenhair tree, is one of a new breed of herbal supplements
known as phytotherapy.
Under the current law, a manufacturer or distributor of herbal supplements
, teas, or tonics doesn't need to demonstrate any real benefit of the product, just reasonable assurance that no ingredient presents a significant or unreasonable risk of illness or injury.
This number revealed a ten-fold increase in herbal supplements
usage in the United States when compared to a separate study reported in a 1993 article in The New England Journal of Medicine stating that only 3 percent of Americans in 1990 had tried herbal medicine over the span of a year.
To some degree the craze for herbal supplements
among gay men began after people with HIV started using the remedies.
The New York Attorney General's (NY AG's) crusade against herbal supplements
, which began on Feb.
NEW YORK -- Data from two separate sources shows that more people are turning to herbal supplements
to treat illness and maintain their health.
For example, one chart presents the aCLtolerable upper intake levelaCY of specific vitamins and minerals, while several others show the interactions of specific herbal supplements
with common traditional medications.
SAN ANTONIO -- Many breast cancer survivors take herbal supplements
having estrogenic properties that lower their sex hormone levels, according to an interim report from the Health, Eating, Activity, and Lifestyle (HEAL) study.
From ginkgo biloba to saw palmetto, herbal supplements
beckon consumers with promises of everything from improved memory to a healthier prostate.
If you're a surgical candidate who augments your health routine with herbal supplements
, you need to know that 'natural' does not always mean 'harmless.