Category Archives: Herbal medicine

Who should be providing information: WHERE SHOULD CONSUMERS GO FOR ADVICE CONCERNING THE USE OF HERBAL MEDICINE?(2)

Pharmacists have the resources to integrate herbal product information with their knowledge of physiology and pharmacology. The pharmacist is, therefore, able to counsel a patient on the safe use of herbal products, based on the most current information available. Other personnel involved in the sale of herbal products often have limited knowledge of physiology or pharmacology. Frequently, if the staff has any formal training, it … Continue reading

Who should be providing information: WHERE SHOULD CONSUMERS GO FOR ADVICE CONCERNING THE USE OF HERBAL MEDICINE?(1)

Decades ago, when little was known about the efficacy and safety of herbal products, it would have been difficult for health care providers to offer much in the way of useful, evidence-based information on the topic. Herbs were mainly available in health food stores where staff were available to share information gathered through years of experience with the products. Many of these stores had pamphlets … Continue reading

Who should be providing information: WHERE DO CONSUMERS GO FOR ADVICE CONCERNING THE USE OF HERBAL MEDICINE?

Consumers have come to expect service and/or information when purchasing goods – expectations when buying herbal medicines should be no different. A recent poll revealed that at least 60% of all herbal products are purchased in pharmacies ; however, many consumers are reluctant to ask for help when selecting a herbal product.

Who should be providing information to patients about herbal medicine?

Statistics show that the use of herbal medicines in North America has increased dramatically over the past five to 10 years . Traditionally collected in the wild or sold in health food stores, herbal medicines are now available virtually everywhere, including pharmacies and grocery stores, and by mail order and through Internet sources. Patients report using herbal medicines, along with or in place of conventional … Continue reading