Evidence for the effectiveness of herbal remedies in particular gastrointestinal orders is only available for a few of these therapies.
- Toxicity and injury from herbal medications are well recorded.
- Herbal medications used inappropriately (for example, excessive doses and mixing herbal compounds without taking advice) can damage multiple organ systems.
- Anyone considering the use of a herbal remedy should be aware of the claims made for the product and its potential side effects.
- Patients should be monitored regularly to ensure that the use of a product is associated with benefit and not with harm.
- Alternative therapies tried by patients with chronic liver disease include dietary therapy and modification, homeopathic treatments and herbal medications, as well as exercise and meditation.
- Preparations that have been studied in trials and found to be candidates for liver disease therapy are Silybum marianum (milk thistle), Chinese herbal medicine CH-100, TJ-9 (sho-saiko-to, xiao-chai-hu-tang, minor bupleurum formula), phyllanthus extract and stronger neo-minophagen.
- Approval of a complementary medicine by the Therapeutic Goods Administration does not guarantee its efficacy in any particular disease state.