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Dietary Supplements and Herbal Therapy

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Dietary Supplements and Herbal Therapy FDNS 2100

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Date Created: 04/26/16
Dietary Supplements and Herbal Therapy Introduction • Approximately 16 million adults use herbal products and/or alternative medicine • It is defined as those treatments and health care practices that are not usually taught in medical schools • It is generally not covered by medical insurance companies Introduction • Alternative: is defined as a treatment taken instead of treatments offered by traditional medicine • Complementary: is defined as treatment taken with traditional medicine • Holistic: means that the health care practitioner considers the whole person, including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects. Types of Alternative/Complementary Medicine • Aroma Therapy • Acupuncture • Chiropractic Therapy • Massage Therapy • Traditional Chinese medicine • Herbal medicine Government Regulation • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) established The Office of Alternative Medicine in 1992 to: – Evaluate alternative medicine – Develop a clearing house for the public • When a new medicine becomes available, side effect data is collected to know/regulate the guidelines for that medication or pull it off the shelf – Is it beneficial to human health? Or not? – Educate health professionals Government Regulation • DSHEA: Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act – Passed in 1994 – Defines that “dietary supplements” include: herbs, or other botanicals (except tobacco), and any dietary substance that can be used to supplement the diet by increasing the total dietary intake are included in this definition – This new definition means that many substances that the FDA formerly classed as drugs or unapproved food additives have become available as dietary supplements Government Regulation • Dietary Supplements include: – Herbs and other botanicals – Amino acids – Extracts from animal glands – Fibers – Enzymes or hormones What you should know about supplements • Supplements do not have to be manufactures to any standard • Manufacturers don’t have to prove that their supplements are safe • Supplement manufacturers can put health claims on product labels Government Regulation • Dietary Supplements – Claims about structure and function are legal – Claims about prevention or cure of specific diseases are NOT legal – NO quality standards exist Vitamin Supplements • Look for a USP on the label • Means the product contains the ingredients listed and that it will dissolve or disintegrate in the digestive tract • Does not mean that this supplement has been tested for safety and effectiveness Look for the Label!!! Vitamin Supplements AVOID: • supplements that provide more than 10 milligrams/day – Except for pregnant women • “organic” or “natural” preparations with added substances are no better than standard types, but cost much more • “high potency” or “therapeutic dose”: more is not better Vitamin Supplements ALSO AVOID: • items not needed in human nutrition • “time release”: nutrients are incorporated into tissues where they are needed whenever they arrive • “stress formulas”: the DRI provides sufficient nutrients to meet your needs your stress Vitamin Supplements ALSO AVOID • Pills containing extracts of parsley, alfalfa, and other vegetable components • Geriatric “tonics”: usually low in vitamins and minerals and high enough in alcohol to inebriate • Any supplement sold with claims that today’s foods lack the nutrients they once contained Vitamin Supplements • Local or store brands may be both cheaper and as good or better than nationally advertised brands • Take supplements with food Choosing Doses • The higher the dose the greater the risk of toxicity • Chronic, low-level nutrient toxicity is a greater risk than short-term, acute overdoses • Don’t think that taking a supplement means that you do not have to eat properly Popular Herbal Medication History of Herbs • Earliest evidence of medicinal plants dates back to the Neanderthal Period. • 16 Century: Botanical Gardens • Early Colonial Days: Home Health Care • 19 Century: Herbal medicine deemed as quackery • 1960s: Increased used of herbal products • Currently: > 20,000 herbal related products in the US and has become a multi-billion dollar industry. Historical Uses of Herbs • Herbal use has been cited as “a sense of control, a mental comfort from taking action”. • Therefore, it is used to treat chronic/incurable disease such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis, etc • Additional Uses: – GI disorders, increase or decrease appetite, Cold/Flu symptoms, etc Popular Herbal Medication • Garlic • St. John’s Wort • Gingko Biloba • Ginseng • Echinachea • Hoodia Garlic • Comes for a garlic plant • Used to lower serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels, improve circulation • Chewing or crushing garlic activates several sulfur containing compounds • May cause allergies, GI symptoms, interaction with anticoagulant drugs St. John’s Wort • Comes from a yellow-flowered weed • Used for kidney and lung disorders, anxiety , depression, and sleep disorders • May cause photosensitization, fatigue, dizziness, itching, and mild GI symptoms • Contraindicated with antidepressant medications to prevent additive side effects Gingko Biloba • Comes from a 200 million year old Chinese maidenhair tree • Used for Alzheimer’s disease, antioxidant, as a antidepressant, memory booster, and to improve blood circulation • May cause nausea, increased bleeding, headache, and rash Ginseng • Comes from extract of ginseng root • Used to enhance physical capacity, alertness, concentration, and combat feelings of lethargy (don’t want to do anything). May protect against tissue damage • NOT to be used by people with hypertension • May cause headache, insomnia, anxiety, skin rashes, asthma attacks, increased blood pressure, diarrhea, Echinacea • Comes from a purple coneflower • Used to stimulate the immune system, enhance the effectiveness of white blood cells in fighting bacteria and viruses – Used to prevent/relieve cold and flu symptoms • Currently there are no known side effects – Contraindicated for people with lupus or those who are HIV +, or other autoimmune disorders • Do not take supplement continuously for longer than 8 weeks When to seek advice about supplement use • Chronically ill • Taking prescription or over the counter drugs • Pregnant or potentially pregnant • Breastfeeding • Under age 18 • Age 65 or older • Unsure about the supplement or if you need the supplement Questions to ask yourself before taking the supplement • Do I need the supplement? • Do I know that this supplement is safe? • Does this supplement interact with any drug or food I am consuming? • Do I know if this supplement works? • Can I afford this supplement? • Do I know enough about this supplement? 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