October 2001 Issue

Herb-Medication Interactions: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

(Part one of a two-part series on drug interactions.) Americans are taking herbal preparations more then ever, yet rarely inform their doctors, either because they view herbs as innocuous or because they fear the doctor’s disapproval. But besides occasional side effects from the herbs themselves, there lies a greater danger—interactions with medications. Researchers are just beginning to explore what they see as the tip of this iceberg.

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