Friday, 7 November 2014

Toxic Mould in Herbal Medicines

Dried herbal medicines

It is estimated that the herbal medicine industry is worth $60 billion. Over 60% of people use medicinal plants to treat illnesses and relieve pain, but with the majority of medicinal plants unregulated, what could those people also be exposing themselves to.

A new study has found 43% of the plants naturally contaminated with toxins, 30% of these being carcinogenic substance known as aflatoxins. They found 26% contains ochratoxin A, a toxic substance to the liver and kidneys and can increase the susceptibility to disease as it suppresses the immune system.

A call for greater regulation on these products has been called for to ensure the health of those using them. The public need to be aware that just because it is natural, does not mean it is safe. The products can be contaminated at any stage of production with consumers unaware whether the products they purchase have toxic levels of substances. To benefit from this industry, controls need to be put into place that ensures the safety of the user.

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Anonymous said...

Should antifungals which themselves can be very harmful not be also more regulated too.

Graham Atherton said...

Prescription antifungal drugs are rigourously tested to ensure that they have the beneficial effect that they claim to have, side effects are also researched in detail and available in the pack sheet that has to go out with every drug.

Prescription drugs are ONLY given out after careful consultation with a highly expert doctor, purchased from a highly expert pharmacist.

The effects of that drug are carefully monitored over time and appropriate action taken if needed.

Unpredicted side effects can be noted and reported back so as to be added to information known about that drug.

I am not sure how much more regulated these drugs can be?

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