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Herbal horrors Part 2 (Teacher: Michael)

Those are just some of common problems. There are many more recorded instances of herbal medicines causing trouble.

One of other major problems concerning herbal medicines is they can interact dangerously with prescribed drugs. So, for example, liquorice can interfere with drugs used to control high blood pressure.

Horse chestnut also contains ingredient which may interfere with anticoagulants and lily of valley can mix badly with heart drug digitalis.

The evidence certainly does suggest, very firmly, any patient taking herbal medicine should be on lookout for side effects. And they should also be very aware herbal medicines may cause dangerous reactions when taken with prescribed medicines.

Herbal medicines can do good and they are sometimes very powerful in helping certain conditions. But they can also do harm and only experienced herbalists who recognise are worth their salt.

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