By Chris Pappas, Australian Health CorrespondentHerbal medicines are gaining a lot of popularity as biofuels, and are being prescribed to treat chronic pain, cancer, and other illnesses.
But while they may have been used as treatment for many years, their usage has increased in recent years.
Herbal medicines can be purchased online and in supermarkets, with the focus on the effects of the herbs on health.
However, they can also be purchased from herbalists and herbalist suppliers, who charge hefty prices for their products.
This has created a new opportunity for the health industry, which has to compete for the best deals.
“We need to be in the business of providing a safe and reliable product,” says Karen Lydon, managing director of Health Matters Australasia.
“The cost of producing a good product will increase as demand increases.
That’s why we need to do the best we can to get that price down.”
A lot of research has been done on the benefits of herbal medicines and the effects on the body.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) recently conducted a study on the safety of herbal products.
The study found that the use of herbal extracts was not associated with an increased risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease or stroke.
The researchers also found no evidence of adverse effects on any other health outcomes.
This means that the herb’s active ingredients have been shown to have little risk of causing side effects, and they have no known negative side effects.
It also means that some herbal medicines are not as effective as their advertised claims.
But there are also concerns about their safety, including possible interactions with certain medicines, and the potential for side effects from the herb.
Dr David Pape, a clinical lecturer at University of Melbourne’s School of Health Sciences, says the focus of the research needs to be shifting away from what is in the herb itself.
“There’s a lot more research to do on how they affect your immune system, on how much they affect the body, and how they may interact with certain drugs, which are very different than the things that are advertised,” he says.
The Australian Food Standards Agency (AFSA) said herbal medicines should be labelled as safe and non-irritating. “
If we’re going to sell products that are marketed as being safe and effective, we need the research done.”
The Australian Food Standards Agency (AFSA) said herbal medicines should be labelled as safe and non-irritating.
“Any herbal product that contains extracts of medicinal plants should be clearly labelled to warn consumers about the risks associated with using them, and provide a brief explanation of how these extracts are safe and should not be used,” the agency said.
Dr Lydons’ organisation, Herbal Medicine Australia, is trying to take a different approach to the industry.
“I’m really keen to have more evidence that the product is safe and the herbs are safe, and not to be using any of the chemicals that are being advertised,” she says.
Hermed products can be found at some local pharmacies.
But she says the majority of herbalist supply chains are now based overseas, and many herbalists are unable to supply their customers with herbs locally.
Herbivores can get their hands on some of the cheaper herbal medicines from herbalist sellers, but they may be hard to track down if they are on the shelf for a long time.
“For many herbalist markets, they’re not really selling herbs at all.
They’re just putting them on the shelves and then charging a lot for them,” she explains.
Dr Pape says the best way to make sure that your herbs are as effective in your body as they claim to be is to use a combination of herbs that are both safe and affordable.
“These are herbs that people will have in their gardens and they will probably use for a longer period of time than we would recommend, and that can make a difference,” he explains.
If you are concerned about using herbal medicines for cancer treatment, consult a doctor or pharmacist before using a herbal medicine product.