Does a lack of regulation affect the public view of herbal supplements?

Because there is no federal oversight of herbal supplements and because herbs are naturally occurring, many assume that the drugs are less harmful than those which are produced by chemists in laboratories and that are regulated by the federal government.

That perception, however, can prove dangerous. While they are not synthetic, herbs contain power chemical compounds. For instance, Monkshood can stop the lungs or heart, killing someone within a couple of hours of even handling it.

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