Research Tuesdays: HERBAL PERIL

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Australians are well and truly sold on complementary medicines. It’s estimated we now spend almost $5bn on them annually—even more than on prescriptions. But in the case of herbal remedies, consumers’ results can be dangerously different from the glowing health they’re hoping for. Mounting scientific evidence indicates that, while some herbal medicines have their place, ‘herbal’ does not automatically equal ‘natural’; and ‘natural’ does not guarantee ‘safe’. Real potential for harm—even death—exists from contaminants, undisclosed ingredients and herb-herb and herb-drug interactions. In this important presentation, two leading University of Adelaide health researchers will analyse the greatest risks—both for herbal medicines’ preparation and consumption—and explain how to avoid them.

Don’t miss it. The presenters Professor Roger Byard, AO, PSM is the University of Adelaide George Richard Marks Chair of Pathology, and a senior forensic pathologist at Forensic Science SA. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, and in 2018 received the National Institute of Forensic Science’s John Harbor Phillips Award for outstanding achievement in advancing the forensic sciences. Dr Ian Musgrave is a senior pharmacology lecturer at the University of Adelaide and chairs the Toxicology Special Interest Group of the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists. He writes regularly for The Conversation website on toxicology and everyday life, and in 2017 won an Unsung Hero of Science Communication award from the SA Government.

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