All Internet searchers will have came accross WebMD and probably read some articles and benefitted from it.
For description of diseases and common conditions this site maybe a good source of knowledge.
For a description of herbs and general alternative medicine DO realize that WebMD is sponsered ny the medical industry and that they mostly can’t be trusted in these fields.
Simple good well established herbs may be “connected with all kinds of false warnings because the medical industry may fear that a certain herb may reduce the sale of patented medicines.
All honesty disappear here.
An example of chamomile warnings on WebMD and you will understand.
What are the risks of taking chamomile?
- Side effects. Most experts say chamomile is safe. It can cause drowsiness and, in large doses, vomiting. It also has the potential to trigger allergic reactions in people who are allergic to related plants in the daisy family, although such reactions are very rare. Avoid it if you are allergic to these plants: chamomile, ragweed, daisies, marigolds, or chrysanthemums. Skin creams with chamomile can cause allergic eczema and irritate the eyes. The effects of long-term chamomile use aren’t known.
- Risks. Check with your doctor before using chamomile if you have any health problems. Chamomile contains a small amount of coumarin, which may have very mild blood thinning effects, but usually just in high doses for long periods of time. Stop using chamomile two weeks before surgery due to concerns about its possible interactions with anesthetic drugs.
- Interactions. If you take any drugs regularly, talk to your doctor before you start using chamomile supplements. They could interact with sedatives, blood thinners, antiplatelet drugs, aspirin, NSAID painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen, and other drugs. Chamomile could also interact with supplements like ginkgo biloba, garlic, saw palmetto, St. John’s wort, and valerian.
Given the lack of evidence about its long-term safety, chamomile is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Talk to a pediatrician before giving chamomile to infants and children.