Why doesn't the Federal Drug Administration regulate herbs?

In short, the Federal Drug Administration does not regulate herbs because the herbal ingredients found in supplements which are available on the market have not been classified as drugs. They are considered to be dietary supplements.

There are some naturally occurring plants, such as marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms, that are classified as drugs. These plants, however, are defined as illicit drugs rather than medicinal drugs, and are therefore fall under the jurisdiction of the Drug Enforcement Agency instead of the FDA.

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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.