Here Are The Facts
- In 2008 the American Association of Poison Control Centers, reported NO deaths as a results of dietary supplement use. Some experts say that there are no credible reports of deaths caused by dietary supplements (including herbal supplements) in this century.
- However, Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) or interactions are estimated to be between the 4th and 6th leading cause of death in the United States—with a death toll of over 200,000 people each year!
Most commercial herbs, as edible plants, are as extremely safe to take as foods. Herbs offer a rich variety of healing elements with almost no side effects. Occasionally, a mild allergy-type reaction may occur as it might occur to a food, a personal response to a certain plant. This could happen because an herb has been adulterated with chemicals in the growing or storing process, or in rare cases, because incompatible herbs were used together.
The key to avoiding an adverse reaction is moderation. Anything taken to excess can cause side effects.