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Quality control and dosing issues for herbal and naturopathic products

Be aware that:

  • There is little oversight in the manufacture of most herbal medicines and naturopathic products in the U.S. and little assurance that they are pure.
  • Each manufacturer has control over the quality of the herbal medicines it produces and provides its own instructions on the medicine’s use.
  • Doses can vary for different brands of the same herbal medicine.
  • Herbal medicines manufactured in some countries (such as Germany) undergo strict regulation. They may cost more, but you have more confidence in the product and consistency in dosing.