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FAQ: What about herbal remedies?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What about herbal remedies?

Herbal treatments are not regulated by the FDA. They have not been proven to be effective. In some cases, they have caused liver failure. Remember to always tell your health care provider if you are taking any herbs or even vitamin supplements.

Herbs that harm the liver include:

  • Kava Kava
  • Life Root
  • Margosa
  • Mate tea
  • Groundsel
  • Hemp Agrimony
  • Pennyroyal
  • Petasites
  • Ragwort
  • Senna Skullcap
  • Valerian
  • Alkanna
  • Borage
  • Chaparral
  • Colt's foot
  • Comfrey
  • Dusty Miller
  • Forget-me-not
  • Germander
  • Gordolobo tea
  • Nutmeg (large amounts)