The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for a global moratorium on herbal medicines.
But a growing body of research shows that they are safe to use for medicinal purposes.
Here’s what you need to know about herbal medicines in 2018.
The research shows that, despite the risk, there are no major health concerns associated with using herbal medicines, says Dr. S. A. Kumar, a professor of clinical and translational medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of The World’s Best Bioscience: The Emerging Sciences of Medicinal Plants, Herbals and Essential Medicines.
Kumar also leads a new study published in Nature Medicine.
“The scientific evidence suggests that herbal products are safe,” Kumar says.
“They are used in countries like Japan and India, and there is a very large global market for herbal products.”
A new survey conducted by Kumar and his team shows that herbal medicines are popular among people in the United States and around the world.
In fact, people in these countries are more likely to have a doctor visit, get a prescription for herbal medicines and take them for medicinal reasons than people in other parts of the world, including Europe and the United Kingdom.
The survey also found that many people use herbal products for a variety of medical conditions, from asthma to allergies and back pain to sleep disorders.
A survey of US consumers by the research group Healthways found that 43 percent use herbal medicines for their medical needs.
In contrast, only 23 percent of people in India and 17 percent of Chinese respondents said they use herbal drugs.
In addition to India, Kumar says there are some European countries where herbal medicines have been used for medical purposes.
India is also one of the most populous countries in the world and has a large population.
Dr. Ramesh Nair, an assistant professor of medicine at St. Joseph’s University in New York City, says people in countries with low populations can have a hard time getting prescriptions for herbal medicine.
There is also evidence that some herbal products may cause side effects such as stomach upset and diarrhea, and some people might need to take extra care to avoid getting sick.
“We’ve seen this kind of anecdotal evidence in a lot of other countries,” Nair says.
And although herbal products have been approved in other countries, the FDA has not yet approved them for use in the U.S.
There are also some indications that some herbs can help relieve pain and manage depression.
More broadly, Kumar’s research suggests that people who are allergic to some of the herbs might benefit from using herbal products, and people with chronic or refractory allergies might benefit by taking herbal supplements.
The study also found a lot more evidence that herbal supplements work to treat symptoms of some common conditions, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and allergies.
However, Kumar cautions that the evidence is not conclusive.
People can take supplements and other herbal products to treat their symptoms, and that research is ongoing.
Even though the FDA does not approve herbal products or other medicines for use, Kumar hopes to continue his research.
We are really excited about this emerging field of medicine, Kumar continues.
“It’s really exciting that we have these tools, which are so promising and have been proven to be safe and effective.”