Herbal formulas have been used for thousands of years, especially in the traditions of Ayurveda and in traditional Chinese medicine. In fact, Western medicine is also based on man’s relation to plants.
In this article, we explore some of the problems with herbal formulas sold by supplements companies in the West. Some important problems include contamination with toxins from pesticides due to commercial production, heavy metals, insects, bacteria, and other plant species.
Other problems arise due to a lack of understanding of the unique plant physiology, the interactions between active components, and a lack of consistency in storage and manufacture. Continue reading