annual edditions Article #31

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1. The increased use of dietary supplements and herbal medicines exacerbates a lack of study on herb to herb and herb to drug side effects. As people are now seeing herbal medicines as an acceptable way to treat or reduce the risk of disease and illness concerns for the reactions and long term effects these new combinations of medicine may have on the populace become more pronounced. The effectiveness of untested herbal treatments is also a concern for reasons such as our financial losses on “quack” drugs or treatments and the potency of certain combinations due to cultivation. 2. A. Lack of testing for long term effects – Since the popularity of herbal or non standard pharmaceutical treatments has become more pronounced fears over long term effects have become more apparent and need further testing. B. Efficiency of herbal extracts or botanicals – The potency of herbal extracts and botanicals depends on a number of factors such as time of day/night harvested, climate and location. C. Safety standards – FDA standards are needed just as with medications to regulate the potency and doses distributed. D. Drug to herb interactions – More studies are needed to figure out the possible side effects both short and long term from mixing FDA approved drugs and herbal medications or botanicals. E. Herb to her interactions – More studies are needed to figure out the possible side effects both short and long term from mixing herbal medications with other herbal medications or botanicals. 3. A. Botanicals – A drug, medicinal preparation, or similar substance obtained from a plant or plants. American Psychological Association (APA): botanicals. (n.d.). The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved September 24, 2008, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/botanicals B.

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