A recent medical study reported that taking herbal supplements like gingko biloba, St John’s Wort etc while on prescription medication for heart disease could be dangerous, especially in the elderly. According to the review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, mixing herbs and drugs could cause serious heart rhythm problems and bleeding.
Dr Arshad Jahangir, Professor of Medicine and Consultant Cardiologist, at the Mayo Clinic, said: “Many people have a false sense of security about these herbal products because they are seen as ‘natural’. But ‘natural’ doesn’t always mean they are safe. Every compound we consume has some effect on the body, which is, in essence, why people are taking these products to begin with.”
BioMedME, by Snigdha, 2/4/2010