Understanding Herb-Drug Interactions
Understand the basic mechanisms that herb-drug interactions take place and how to navigate them in clinical practice.
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Herbalism and the Western Medicine Model
According to the 2012 national health statistics report, over 33% of adults in the US utilize complementary health approaches, including herbal medicine.1 High variability rates and market watch data indicate that not only is this percentage under reported, but the use of herbal medicine is only likely to increase in the years to come.2,3 Evidence of the use of medicinal plants can be traced back 60,000 years ago to Neanderthal tombs in Iraq and recorded use as early as the development of written language. This suggest to us that traditional herbal medicine is an “inseparable component of human history through thousands of years of trial and error on human subjects.”4 With that said, I often hear a lot of myths and misinformation surrounding the use of herbal medicine. My aim for this article is to clear some of the confusion so we can safely and effectively incorporate herbalism into our modern system.