I'd question the whole "no side effects" statement. Many prescribed drugs were developed from plant sources, for instance donnatal is from the deadly nightshade plant. The side effect of that plant is that taken in larger quantities, it is a deadly poison. Digitalis, made from the foxglove, slows the heartbeat and if taken when not needed or in excess can also cause death.
Many herbs and plants are toxic, and even those that aren't have side effects. Some make birth control pills ineffective. Some can raise your blood pressure dangerously. They can have all the same kinds of side effects manufactured drugs have. So it's misleading to tell someone they don't, and anyone who tells you that is either uninformed or lying.
Natural drugs can be helpful for many things, but they do need to be used with the same sort of caution as manufactured drugs.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
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