If you are going to take herbal supplements, it´s worth noting that they are not normally controlled by regulatory agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the European Medicines Agency (EMA). This makes it difficult to know exactly what they contain. That’s why some countries are now trying to regulate such supplements more thoroughly. In April 2011, for example, the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said that all new over-the-counter herbal supplements would need either a Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) licence or a product licence. These licences will help UK consumers be sure that the supplement they’re buying has met certain quality and safety standards (among other things).
Some herbal supplements should be avoided as they can alter the way your liver works and affect the way your blood clots. On the other hand, some herbal supplements are said by some to be beneficial although there is very little evidence to support this. The healthcare professionals at your Haemophilia Centre can provide you with a complete list of favourable/harmful herbal supplements.
Always talk to your doctor before you start taking any herbal supplements, and never use herbal therapies without their advice.
All information on this page has been taken from the following sources:
(Websites were last accessed on May 2017)
Information on the THR mark has been taken from the MHRA’s Herbal medicines: Advice for consumers section www.mhra.gov.uk as well as from the British Herbal Medicine Association (BHMA) website: http://bhma.info/index.php/legislation-on-herbal-medicines/