ISSN 2286-6493
Journal of Asian Association of Schools of Pharmacy
 

Potential risks and hazards from herbal uses  Review Article 

Yuvadee Wongkrajang1, Worawan Kitphati1, Boontuim Kongsaktrakoon1, Rungravi Temsiririrkkul 2
1 Department of Physiology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Pharmaceutical Botany, Faculty of Pharmacy, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
 

Abstract

    There are 7 types of potential risks and hazards from herbs, including allergic reactions, toxic reaction to liver and kidney, adverse effects, possible mutagenic effects, mistaken plants, contamination of heavy metals and adulterants mainly from steroids or non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs. In addition, herb-drug interactions related to pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics are also summarized. This indicates that some plants used for medicinal purposes are associated with serious risks. Therefore we should be aware in using medicinal plants.  



Keywords

1 herbal uses
2 adverse effect
3 herb-drug interaction



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JAASP Volume 3
January - December, 2014

Page: 280-289


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