Why you should tell your dentist.
Whether it’s echinacea or aspirin, always tell about us any medications and supplements you are taking.
Everything you ingest, even vitamins, causes a certain reaction. If we doesn’t know what drugs or supplements you have taken, we will not know how to protect you from possible substance interactions. This is particularly important if you are undergoing any surgical treatment.
Although many conventional (prescription and over-the-counter) medications sold in the nation are derived from plants, they are different from herbal medications. Conventional drugs, which must be approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration, are based on an active ingredient or chemical that manufacturers synthesize when they develop the drug. In other words, a conventional drug is based on a chemical that is made in a laboratory, even though it may have originally come from a plant.
Herbal also called botanical or alternative medications are made from natural chemicals extracted from a plant and are produced either in original form sometimes combined with other herbal extracts or refined. When an herbal medication is refined, the essential extract is taken out of the plant source, concentrated and then added back to make the original herbal medication more potent.