J Ren Nutr. 1998 Jan; 8(1): 40-2.
Medicinal herb use and the renal patient.
Nutrition Consultant in Private Practice, Arvada, CO, USA.
Medicinal herb use, although a popular branch of alternative medicine, may be inappropriate for the renal patient. The pharmacological activity, chemical components, and microbial content of herbs, as well as their ability to interfere with prescription medications, make medicinal herbs potentially dangerous for the renal patient. The purpose of this report is to inform the medical professional of the implications of renal patients using medicinal herbs.