Herbal medicine is described as the use of plants to treat medical conditions. According to the research team, from the University of Peshawar in Pakistan, around 64% of people use herbal medicines.
Study author Samina Ashiq says that because these medicines are natural, there is a “common misconception” that they are safe, but this may not be the case. The plants may be subject to contamination by molds that produce mycotoxins.
At high levels, these mycotoxins can trigger adverse effects in humans. They have been linked to liver cancer, kidney damage, reproductive disorders and immune system suppression.
Despite the risks herbal medicines may pose, however, they are not well regulated. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deem herbal medicines as food products, therefore they are not subject to the same testing, manufacturing and labeling standards as prescription and over-the-counter drugs…….Read More
Source: Medical News Today