Dietary herbs and supplements are commonly recommended to me by friends and family for nearly any health complaint I have. A recent bout of insomnia brought an onslaught of recommendations and during my research I found some great information and an invaluable resource.
The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) defines a dietary supplement as a product that is intended to supplement the diet. The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health adds:
A great resource to find out information about specific herbs and supplements is MedlinePlus.gov. They have a complete list herbs and supplements and a wealth of information specific to each one. All one has to do is click the name of the product they are interested in and the following information is available:
What is it?
The next time you are thinking about starting a new herb or supplement recommended to you, make sure to check out this website. It’s also commonly recommended that you consult your primary care physician.