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THE NATURE OF EVIDENCE ABOUT MEDICINAL HERBS
Most research on medicinal herbs is conducted in areas of the world where the use of medicinal herbs is mainstream, particularly in Asia and Europe. For the past 3 decades, the German Health Authority has systematically reviewed the evidence on about 300 herbs and formulated clinical guidelines. An English translation of the resulting German Commission E Monographs is due for release in 1998.5 Although arguably the best compendium of clinical information about herbs in the world, it does not disclose the scientific basis for its conclusions. Nevertheless, such guidelines provide hypotheses to prompt quality human trials, optimally with randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled (RDBPC) trials. Research in the United States will be bolstered by the creation of the Office of Complementary and Alternative Medicine within the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.
Data about the safety and efficacy of medicinal herbs are limited in a number of ways. In some cases, the best data are years old, limited to in vitro or animal studies, and/or only available in journals outside the United States. Some clinically important types of information are particularly sparse in the literature, such as the results of negative trials, drug interactions, effects in special populations (eg, children and pregnant or lactating women), and toxic reactions. In some cases, good evidence about short-term side effects comes from well-controlled human trials. However, information about the effects of long-term use is usually based on case reports rather than prospective studies. As noted earlier, traditional use has revealed serious toxic effects associated with some common medicinal herbs (see Table 6). On the other hand, the FDA categorizes about 250 herbs as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) for consumption based on long-term and/or widespread traditional use without significant side effects. This article reviews several herbs on the FDA GRAS list, including chamomile, garlic, ginger, ginseng, and valerian. Evidence about the safety and efficacy of these and 7 other commonly used medicinal herbs are reviewed below.
Some examples of healing herbs:
Alfalfa Echinacea Licorice Red Clover
Angelica Sinensis Ephedra Mandrake Red Raspberry
Astragalus Eucalyptus Marigold Rhubarb
Barberry Root Eyebright Marshmallow Rosemary
Barley Grass False Unicorn Milk Thistle Saint Johns Wort
Bitter Orange Fennel Myrrh Sarsaparilla
Black Cohosh Garlic Neem Senna
Black Walnut Ginger Nettle Slippery Elm
Boneset Ginseng Nutmeg Turmeric
Butcher’s Broom Gotu Kola Olive Leaf Valerian
Calendula Guarana Parsley Wheat Grass
Cayenne Gymnema Pine Needles Sylvestre White Willow
Chlorella Hawthorn Poke Wild Cherry
Cornsilk Horseradish Psyllium Wild Yam
Damiana Juniper Berries Wintergreen
Dandelion Kava Kava
Make sure that prior to using any herbs for natural healing you consult with a physician. Herbs and supplements can interact with prescription medicines.