Over-the-Counter and Herbal Remedies for Weight Lo (cont.)
Common Sense Advice for Taking Herbal Medicines
- If you become ill while taking an herbal remedy,
see a doctor or consult with a health care
- Do not take herbs if pregnant or attempting to
- Do not take herbs if you are nursing.
- Do not give herbs to a baby.
- Do not take large quantities of any one herbal
- Do not take any herb on a daily basis.
- Buy only preparations in which the plants are
listed on the packet (Note: There is no guarantee
attached to any product.)
- Do not take herbal remedies if you are taking
medicine for a chronic condition (for example, high
blood pressure or
depression). If you are unsure consult with your
doctor prior to taking any herbal preparation.
- Do not take herbal remedies without first
talking to your doctor.
- Always advise your doctor of any herbal remedy
or alternative medicine you are taking.
Keep in mind that herbal preparations will not
provide permanent weight loss and there are multiple
ingredients in herbal weight loss preparations, some of
which have serious side effects and can lead to
dangerous toxicities. The use of herbal remedies to lose
weight is not recommended by the medical community due
to the high risk of toxicities and lack of clinical
Reviewed by the Department of Nutrition Therapy at The Cleveland Clinic.
Edited by Charlotte Grayson, MD
, WebMD, August 2004.
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