Five concerns about herbal medicines

The TGA should consider a requirement for manufacturers of complementary and alternative medicine to have samples independently tested before placing them on the market, say researchers from the University of Adelaide.

In a paper published in the Medical Journal of Australia, they highlight several potential dangers of herbal products. These include:

  1. Adulteration with pharmaceutical agents, “presumably added to increase the apparent efficacy of the herbal product”, exposing users to the risks of ingesting uncontrolled amounts