This article discusses American’s high usage of herbal remedies despite the fact that many are not FDA approved. According to the CDC one in five Americans are using some form of a dietary supplement. More Reliable studies need to be done to determine the safety and effectiveness of these. There is still debate on what safe dosage is considered and what possible side effects may occur.
As clinical dietitians it is important for us to educate clients about supplements and their interactions with nutrients or medications. We also need to educate them on the lack of scientific knowledge supporting their usage. In practice, we also need to remember when screening and finding out health history that we should be asking about herbal supplement usage as well. For more information visit: