Posted: 20/04/2016 at 09:11
There are many, many plants and animals from which we can get "curative potions" and from which a myriad of herbalists, large and small, make products to deal with almost every condition known to man. Unfortunately, as was stated, taken wrongly - or unwittingly - alongside medically prescribed medications they can cause untold harm. We have to remember that many of these preparations are untested and not registered and their manufacturers, particularly the smaller ones, are unlicensed. After having a very severe reaction to what turned out to be black cohosh in a preparation designed to alleviate the devastating effects of menopause, I consulted my doctor who asked me why I, as a 5 ft 8 in, 135-pound woman would take the same dosage as a woman twice my size or half my size; I could see his point. My advice is, first alwaysread the label (I am allergic to shellfish, and it is amazing how many mixtures for joint damage and arthritis are made from crustacean exoskeletons) and second, think twice and read up on the product before taking it.