You May Also Like

not a morning person

Not a morning person? You *can* sleep in and still structure your day for max success

oatly

Oatly is increasing production by 1,250% so there will never be an oat milk shortage again

There are 4 types of personality, new study says

Sorry, Myers-Briggs: New research says there are just *4* personality types

Choose a safe bike helmet fit, not a counterfeit

Spin through this 3-step checklist to make sure your bike helmet is the right fit, not counterfeit

sweet potato toast

Toast-and-eat sweet potato slices are coming to a grocery store near you

Add glutes to jump rope workout muscles with this move

Banded jump rope is the most *extra* exercise to sculpt your glutes

Some homeopathic products might stop flying under the FDA’s radar


Thumbnail for Some homeopathic products might stop flying under the FDA’s radar
Pin It
Photo: Stocksy/Studio Six

The homeopathic market has grown into a $3 billion industry in the past 10 years, according to Tonic—perhaps due in part to rising health-care costs and wariness of side effects associated with prescription medications. And although the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) regulates pharmaceuticals, homeopathic remedies have largely stayed outside its jurisdiction—though that might change in the coming months.

In December 2017, the FDA shared a press announcement declaring its intention to create policy to regulate and screen homeopathic products that haven’t been proven to be clinically beneficial yet claim to treat life-threatening health issues. Following the 90-day period (ending in March) that allows people to comment on the proposed policy, the FDA will likely begin more closely scrutinizing homeopathic products that target “vulnerable populations,” like cancer patients, children, and those suffering from substance abuse. Over the past few years, the FDA has dealt with a number of homeopathic issues that inspired it to draft this policy, including a teething tablet that resulted in the deaths of children and three intranasal Zicam products that caused a lost sense of smell.

The potentially dangerous aspect of homeopathic products is that many incorporate heavily diluted substances—like plant extracts or toxic metals—that can cause illnesses, the idea being that in small doses, these solutions could be used as treatments for sick people. Still, they are often not evaluated by the FDA and don’t have scientific, study-based evidence backing their claims.

“Sometimes the danger from homeopathic products can be if people take them and are diverted away from drugs that actually are studied and are safe and effective.” —Dr. Aaron Kesselheim, associate professor at Harvard Medical School

Homeopathic remedies are absolutely known to provide relief to many—like arnica gel for aches and pains—but as Aaron Kesselheim, MD and associate professor at Harvard Medical School, explained to Tonic, “Sometimes the danger from homeopathic products can be if people take them and are diverted away from drugs that actually are studied and are safe and effective.”

When in doubt, your best bet is always to talk to a doctorHolistic and homeopathic approaches may bolster your overall well-being, but, especially since certain drug interactions can be unpredictable, make sure you go over your whole medical profile with a professional before subbing in a homeopathic option for a prescribed medication.

The future of health care could be reshaped by Amazon and these (female-led!) start-ups

Loading More Posts...

You May Also Like

oatly

Oatly is increasing production by 1,250% so there will never be an oat milk shortage again

8 awesome health benefits of hugging that'll make you want to squeeze someone like right.now.

9 awesome health benefits of hugging that’ll make you want to squeeze someone like right.now.

Stop apologizing

Stop apologizing when you’ve done nothing wrong

Add glutes to jump rope workout muscles with this move

Banded jump rope is the most *extra* exercise to sculpt your glutes

There are 4 types of personality, new study says

Sorry, Myers-Briggs: New research says there are just *4* personality types

Affordable places to live for millennial homeowners

Millennials can buy houses and eat their avocado toast, too—especially in certain states