Consideration of Herbal Products in Pregnancy and Lactation
In recent decades, natural products have had increased consumer attention in industrialized nations. One of the challenges is that "natural" can be more of a perception than a standard. "Herbal products" is a more frequently used and perhaps a more apt term. Herbal products come in many forms, including herbs used in food preparation, teas, infusions, caplets, dried extracts, essential oils, and tinctures.
@soumalya the first pharmacologically active compound, morphine, was extracted from the seed pods of opium poppies approximately 200 years ago. This demonstrated that medications could be purified from plants and that a precise dose could be determined for administration. However, herbal products are grown and harvested in varying seasonal conditions and soil types, which, over time and geography, may contribute to variability in the levels of active compound in the final products.