Herbal medicines: Advice for consumers

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Stay safe using natural remedies

Did you know…?
40% people think herbal medicines are safe because they are natural.
Ipsos MORI / MHRA, 2008

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Herbal remedies are medicines. As with any other medicine, you should use them with care while first ensuring they are the correct products for you.


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Herbal tablets and plants
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Using herbal medicines safely

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This page provides information for consumers on how to use herbal medicines safely, including general safety advice and traditional Chinese medicines.

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Herbal safety updates

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This section provides information on known issues with herbal medicines and ingredients.

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Traditional Herbal Registration certification mark

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The THR certification mark is a type of trade mark indicating that a herbal medicine has been registered with the MHRA under the Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) Scheme and meets the required standards relating to its quality, safety, evidence of traditional use and other criteria.

Reporting problems with herbal medicines

Link to Yellow Card reporting site
The MHRA collects information on suspected adverse drug reactions and suspected defects in medicinal products including herbal medicines via the Yellow Card Scheme.  
Page last modified: 21 March 2012