Herbal 'cocktails' questioned
"Dr Canter's review, published in today's Postgraduate Medical Journal, found there was an almost total absence of evidence for any benefit from the tailored herbal cocktails prepared by herbalists, including traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic practitioners.
At least 1,000 herbalists are registered in the UK, but many more are unregistered, said Dr Canter. Anyone can set themselves up as a herbalist."
It makes sense that the greater the number of herbs mixed into these stews, the greater the potential for allergic reactions and herb-herb/herb-drug interactions.
The use of these mixes is reminiscent of practices of centuries past, when perhaps one effective herb was combined with a horde of inert, useless and potentially harmful components (as in the case of heart remedies which were found to have one active ingredient - digitalis.
As the report indicates, another problem is that the greater the number of ingredients in a mix, the greater the chance that one or more elements will be mislabeled or contaminated (which is why I'd stay away from any mix imported from places like China and India, made under even more lax regulatory conditions than those prevailing in the U.S.).