By Fatimah Bintu Dikko

As the popularity of herbal medicine continues to rise, it necessitates a closer examination of potential hidden dangers associated with its widespread use.

1. Lack of Regulation and Oversight:
Highlighting the regulatory disparity between herbal medicines and pharmaceuticals, we delve into the impact on public health due to limited scrutiny and the concealed risks that may accompany this regulatory gap.

2. Unaware Consumers:
Unveiling findings from a study that underscore an alarming lack of knowledge among herbal medicine users regarding potential side effects. We explore the implications of this 70% unawareness statistic on consumer health.

3. Kidney and Liver Risks:
Delving into the indispensable roles played by the kidneys and liver in toxin filtration, we examine the specific risks these vital organs face when exposed to contaminants present in certain herbal medicines.

4. Contaminants and Toxic Substances:
Examining the presence of heavy metals such as lead, mercury, and arsenic in herbal products, we unravel the consequences of prolonged exposure, including the development of irreversible kidney and liver diseases.

5. Standardization Issues:
Exploring the ramifications of the lack of standardized dosages and inconsistent potency in herbal medicine, we shed light on the adverse effects that can place a significant burden on the kidneys and liver.

6. Incorrect Identification:
Investigating the manufacturing process and the potential misidentification of herbs, we uncover how this can lead to the inclusion of harmful components, exposing consumers to unexpected allergens and plant toxins, further contributing to kidney and liver problems.

7. Recognizing Safe Products:
Highlighting the importance of reputable manufacturers who prioritize consumer safety through stringent quality control measures, including thorough sourcing, testing, and standardization procedures.

8. Protective Measures:
Emphasizing the critical role of consulting healthcare professionals before incorporating herbal remedies, we explore the need for assessing potential drug interactions and identifying pre-existing conditions that may contraindicate certain herbal products.

9. Trusted Sources:
Stressing the significance of purchasing herbal medicine from reliable sources with recognized certifications, such as Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), to ensure adherence to quality standards and regulations throughout the production process.

Balancing the benefits and risks of herbal medicine, we conclude by advocating for diligent research, seeking professional advice, and choosing reliable sources to minimize potential risks and safeguard kidney and liver health.

Fatimah Bintu Dikko is a Girl Child Rights activist and can be reached via 08056882982