Are Chinese herbs regulated?
In the UK Chinese herbs are regulated by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which monitors clinical trials and reported adverse reactions.
Traditional herbal medicine has a long history in the UK and was first protect into law by Henry VIII.
In Canada and Australia, Chinese herbal medicine is statutory regulated and certain standards of training must be meet in order to prescribe Chinese herbs. In the United States, Chinese herbs are not statutory regulated.
Herbs can be dangerous in the wrong hands and can have side effects. For that reason herbal medicine should be statutory regulated in the UK.
People cannot claim to be a herbalist unless they have undergone through training and have insurance. Most good traditional herbalist are members of the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ATCM).
Some people like self-medicate or buy herbal products from health food shops after receiving advice from a nutritionist. Herbs are more than just food supplements and have an effect upon the body and therefore health. Always consult a well-qualified herbalist before taking any herbs.