The efficacy of herbal medicine--an overview

Fundam Clin Pharmacol. 2005 Aug;19(4):405-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1472-8206.2005.00335.x.


Herbal medicine has become a popular form of healthcare. Even though several differences exist between herbal and conventional pharmacological treatments, herbal medicine can be tested for efficacy using conventional trial methodology. Several specific herbal extracts have been demonstrated to be efficacious for specific conditions. Even though the public is often misled to believe that all natural treatments are inherently safe, herbal medicines do carry risks. Ultimately, we need to know which herbal remedies do more harm than good for which condition. Because of the current popularity of herbal medicine, research in this area should be intensified.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Garlic
  • Ginkgo biloba
  • Herbal Medicine*
  • Humans
  • Panax
  • Phytotherapy*