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.
1. St John’s Wort
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.
This herb, grown on South Pacific islands is often suggested for anxiety.
It has been found to have a calming effect similar to Valium.
However, Kava has caused liver failure in otherwise healthy people and can cause allergic reactions.
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3. Kitchen cures for burns
Kitchen cures can seem harmless and certainly, food products can make gentle and effective beauty treatments, such as avocado or honey masks for skin and hair.
But when a person has an injury or disease, natural products can do more harm than good.
Svetlana Kogan, MD, author and physician, has unfortunately heard of many potentially dangerous cures for injuries, including applying egg whites to burns.
Egg whites, especially organic ones, are full of bacteria and can introduce harmful contaminants to the body, including potentially salmonella.
Instead, minor burns can be treated at home with water and acetaminophen for pain.
Save the eggs to make this delicious soufflé.