Today, you can find herbal products in your local pharmacy. But are these different from what you may find in a health food store or corner market? Depending on what you're buying, the answer is probably yes.
"A natural product is a product that is directly extracted by what nature provides, namely plants and animals," says Judith Choquette, a pharmacist and pharmacy consultant. "As herbal products became more and more popular with Canadians, Health Canada stepped in to help ensure we are informed about what we are buying."
Watch this slideshow and let Judith guide you through a few simple steps on choosing herbal products.
It's herbal. What can go wrong?
Anything that has an effect on your body can do harm to your body. Herbal products, like any medication, fall into that category. Sure, it may seem harmless to use something we can find in markets and even corner stores, but that's just not the case.
According to Judith, herbal products can:
- Interfere with both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medication you may be taking
- Cause an allergic reaction
- Make a condition even worse
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