Herbal issues

Theo Raynor of the University of Leeds, UK, and colleagues have taken a close look at the safety information on so-called herbal remedies and raised a number of concerns about the labeling of several well-known alternative remedies. Raynor's study, published July in the journal BMC Medicine, highlights the problem by showing how many over-the-counter herbal products fail to provide consumers with key information about the safe use of these products and the risks associated with them, especially when used in conjunction with prescribed medication. The herbal industry cannot claim efficacy and simultaneously avoid regulation. It is time to shake up nature's medicine cabinet and restock the shelves, but only with those herbal remedies underpinned by science-based efficacy and safety information.