Each year thousands of people die from supposedly “safe” over the counter synthetic drugs. According to reports by NPRA, nephrotoxicity from drugs accounts for 18-27% cases of acute kidney injury (AKI). Many of this might be due to the toxicity resulted from the use of combination medicines of herbal and synthetic drugs. Deaths or hospitalization due to herbal medicine side effects are also recorded, but it usually happened due to a prolonged and untreated disease.
It has been reported that 80% of the world population use some form of plant-based medicine for the promotion of healing and maintenance of health. So we can see that many people still rely on plant-based medicine even though they are other vast variety of other synthetic pharmaceutical products in the market. This is because plant-based medicine is known to be relatively cheaper while providing about the same effectiveness as synthetic drugs. What’s more intriguing is that it perform as well as synthetic drugs but without the side effects posed by synthetic drugs. It’s no wonder that people are now turning to plant-based medicine.
The mechanism in which natural plant-based medicine acts is generally associated with its high antioxidant activities. Various conditions including cancer, Alzheimer, atherosclerosis, diabetes, and other cardiovascular disease are targeted with this kind of mechanism of action. Antioxidants properties of the plant-based medicines are aimed to reduce the toxicities of synthetic drugs or toxic agents. Plant-based medicine also tends to have several broad complementary or synergistic actions on the body.
That’s why when taken in combination with other preparations, it may increase the risks of nephrotoxicity or have lesser effectiveness. Therefore to ensure its safety and effectiveness, it is strongly suggested to have informed knowledge on the product or consult with qualified persons like doctor or pharmacist before consuming any health products.