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.
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.