close
Advertisement

11 trusted home remedies that will only make you worse

Natural doesn’t always equal safe when it comes to your body.

12 trusted home remedies that will only make you worse
Getty Images

Any herbal supplement or remedy could potentially cause organ damage or have dangerous interactions with other medications you may be taking. That’s why US-based Ehsan Ali, MD, also known as The Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor, recommends you ask your doctor before popping any herbal pill or natural cure.

“All patients of all ages check with their doctor first about what home remedy they want to try. Better safe than sorry!”

He warns all his patients that many herbal supplements are not tested by the US FDA and may have many potential risks and side effects.

Advertisement
1. St John’s Wort
1. St John’s Wort
Getty Images

This herb is touted as a treatment for depression, but comprehensive studies are lacking.

Dangers can arise when patients are already taking other medications.

There have been incidents of St John’s Wort interrupting the effectiveness of contraceptives like birth control pills and leading to unintended pregnancies.

The US-based National Centre for Complementary and Integrative Health warns that St John’s Wort can interfere with many medications, including anti-rejection drugs after organ transplants and warns, “It has been clearly shown that St. John’s Wort can interact in dangerous, sometimes life-threatening ways with a variety of medicines.”

So-called natural remedies can have side effects and sometimes affect either your blood pressure or the way your blood pressure medication is working.



Advertisement

More in HealthSmart

7 annoying habits and the fascinating scientific reasons for them

7 annoying habits and the fascinating scientific reasons for them

Why does your co-worker constantly clear her throat? What’s behind your best friend’s Facebook oversharing? Science has the answers to these annoying habits.
Warning: these 16 everyday things pose huge health risks

Warning: these 16 everyday things pose huge health risks

Your cabinets are full of health products that can be hiding a dark secret: They pose a serious threat if you’re not careful.
38 genius habits your 80-year-old brain will thank you for doing today

38 genius habits your 80-year-old brain will thank you for doing today

Prevent those senior moments from plaguing your senior years. Here’s what you can do to keep your mental skills sharp as you age. Here’s what you can do to keep your mental skills sharp as you age.
13 ways you’re secretly hurting your liver

13 ways you’re secretly hurting your liver

To keep this all-important organ in tip-top shape, here’s what you should cut out for a healthy liver.
23 lazy ways to burn more kilojoules every day

23 lazy ways to burn more kilojoules every day

These expert-approved activities will boost the burn without your ever breaking a sweat.

Advertisement