December 2004 
Volume 34  Number 12
Pages 52 - 53
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  • What are herbal supplements?

  • Why should I tell my health care provider that I use herbal supplements?

  • Are herbal supplements regulated?

  • How can I take herbal supplements safely?



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    What are herbal supplements?

    Made from herbs or plants, herbal supplements are added to the diet for health purposes. Although they're not considered drugs or medicines, some herbal supplements work the same way as drugs and can have harmful as well as helpful effects.

    Why should I tell my health care provider that I use herbal supplements?

    Herbal products can cause health problems if you don't use them correctly or take too much. Herbal supplements can also cause problems when combined with drugs you're taking. For example, St. John's ...

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