Treatment of Pain
Some people take herbal remedies or supplements to help relieve pain, based on the assumption that these are natural and therefore safe. The truth is that many herbal remedies have been associated with numerous adverse effects. This is not surprising considering that medicinal herbs contain pharmacologically active ingredients. Herbal remedies are largely unregulated in most countries, which can result in serious safety and quality issues. In addition, taken in conjunction with other medications, these may cause unexpected herb-drug interactions. A few herbal remedies mentioned later in this report seem to hold promise based on initial randomized controlled studies. Further replication and study is needed. As a precaution, it is important to consult with your physician before starting any new treatment, herbal or otherwise (Weiner & Ernst, 2004).