Monday, February 14, 2011

Prepare: EU ban on herbal medicines

The European Union's ban on herbal medications is going into effect by this April, 2011. What this means is unless an herbal product, produced for medical treatment, has been tested and paid licensing fees, that product will be pulled from the shelves and banned for sale to the public.

Herbal remedy companies have had seven years to comply with this act. Regardless, many will continue to produce their products, just for the underground market claims some herbal health advocates.

Herbal remedies have been around for as long as there have been people. Herbal teas, infusions and tinctures are staples in many cultures for treating a variety of health issues. However, some have been concerned that these herbal remedies vary and may be dangerous as they are not regulated.

Personally, as long as it's my body, I should be able to put into it (or on it) why I want. That being said, in the event of societal breakdown, access to modern medicine and pharmaceuticals will be all but non-existent.

Further, everything which happens in Europe seems to find a fan base here in the US. Already, some in the traditional medical community have been calling for greater regulation on supplements for instance.

Therefore, I always recommend that everyone read up on herbal treatments and consider growing some themselves. Many are easy. For instance, peppermint for an upset stomach.

I have had a copy of Hoffman's Herbal,

Holistic Herbal 4th Edition: A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies

for over ten years and have made several of the remedies prescribed.

I also have grown most of my herbals myself and it is not that hard. Getting the seeds or seedlings is the toughest part as many are very difficult to find locally and have to be purchased online. Others, do not grow well in my area so I have to purchase them from a local store. 

I found a list on a forum online of herbs with medicinal properties. They might be useful for readers who are trying to put together an herb garden. Either way, building a medicinal herb "cabinet" might come in handy someday. 






milk thistle



stinging nettle




gotu kola


lemon verbena




st johns wort




lemon thyme

tribulus terrestris


devils claw



lemon grass

maidenhair fern




rose hip

pineapple sage

muira puama

oat straw





lemon balm




Anonymous said...

There are three seperate issues:
1. As you pointed out it is your body and you should be allowed to put what you want into it. OK, and you can. What the law is saying is that the companies cannot make claims about herbs and supplements that are unproved or complete fabrications. You can still go pick your favorite herb and do with it whatever floats your boat.
2. Some of these herbal treatments are actaully harmful. people actually die from them and others develop lifelong health conditions from them. Be careful what you put in your body. These companies are not in business to do you favors they are in business to become rich.
3. Most of these herbs and supplements are useless. However, if someone chooses to use some herb claimed to cure them instead of going to a doctor they just might die as a direct result of that harmless and useless herb. The government has the duty to monitor and control this industry.

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