Can Natural Remedies Cause Complications Or Side Effects?

Dr. Gary Sachs answers the question: 'Side Effects Of Natural Bipolar Remedies?'

ByGary Sachs, M.D., Director, Bipolar Clinic and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital

— -- Question: Can natural remedies cause complications or side effects?

Answer: Many people regard anything called a natural remedy as harmless, and we know that that's simply not the case. All remedies that can be effective work by mechanisms of action that affect physiological processes in your body.

And, therefore, they are like a double-edged sword -- they can do good and they can do harm at times. So we can't take these natural remedies with abandon. We have to be aware that excessive treatment with any of them could well have toxic effects.

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