From a study released in November 1999:
The Center for Dietary Supplement Research in Botanicals at the University of California, Los Angeles studied brands of the cold remedy echinacea, the anti-depressant St. John's wort, the relaxant kava kava, the stimulant ginseng, and saw palmetto.
The results indicated that the bottles do contain the ingredients but some had more potency than others.
It is important to encourage patients and health care providers to discuss herbs. If we agree that herbs are pharmacologically active, then there will be interactions.
This is not different than drug/drug interactions, and it does need to be noted.
Many pharmacies are now checking these interactions as customers buy herbs at their stores.
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