Ever wonder how people survived centuries ago when there wasn't a local pharmacy and the local physician was several days travel? They used plants—called herbs—as medicine to treat the common cold, infections, diseases of the GI tract, and anything else that ailed them.
Today, herbal therapy has made a comeback as an alternative to prescription medication and OTC remedies. Herbs continue to elicit a therapeutic effect on patients. However, patients are exposed to risk. There isn't a quality standard for herbal therapy and many herbs can cause adverse reactions when combined with prescription and OTC medication.
In this chapter, you'll learn about the therapeutic effect of herbal therapies and about the nursing process that should be implemented to prevent patients from developing an adverse reaction to herbal therapy when combined with conventional therapy.
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