herbal medicine and conventional medicine
however, as with adding any new prescription to your regimen, it is impossible to foresee the outcome unless you are an objective and qualified medical professional. according to the food and drug administration (fda), any herbal remedies are in fact listed as “dietary supplements”. these manufacturers and their products are not subject to the same rigor and qualifications as more conventional drugs. in fact, you will find the phrase “these statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. if you do not check with your doctor, you run the risk of negative reactions to mixed medication. for example, st. john’s wort is an herb often used to alleviate depression; however, if you are already taking an antidepressant or other medication the st. john’s wort could eradicate its effect and lead to potential harm or a more serious diagnosis.