The jury is still out on whether it was alternative medicine that killed him.
Green tea extracts, herb teas and Garciniacambogia for weight loss, Bilimbi juice for reducing high cholesterol levels, Soy foods for relieving menopausal symptoms.
People are generally happy and feel safe taking these herbal supplements rather than modern medicines for various health issues.
However, the increasing use of dietary supplements and self-administered herbal remedies among people have led clinicians to sound the warning that many of these substances can cause significant harm to the liver and kidneys.
Researchers in the US who looked at cases of liver damage reported to the Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network, a programme funded by the National Institutes of Health, has reported that in 2014, 20% of the liver injuries were linked to herbal remedies and dietary supplements.
Ayurvedic medicines prepared in the traditional way, with years of standing, does have a margin of safety.
But even the safety of traditional herbs may be compromised if it is prepared in the non-traditional way.
Herbal medicines do have adverse effects, which might be inconspicuous or which develop gradually.
Even too much of Green tea can interfere with conventional drugs lie Statins and warfarin. Green tea extract, a main ingredient in the so called weight loss supplements, has produced symptoms ranging from mild increase of serum aminotransferase levels to fulminant hepatitis acquiring liver transplant, according to British journal of Clinical pharmacology.
The herbal medicine market has been led by the Asia Pacific region. The Asia Pacific market is led by China and India.
The second fastest region is Europe especially France which has a tradition of aromatics and herbalism.
Himalaya drugs, Blackmores, Tsumura, Schwabe, Madaus, Arkopharma, Nutraceutical International Corporation etc. are the key companies producing herbal products.
Every medical practice has its own advantages and disadvantages. We have to choose what is most suitable for our body, not what others do. Herbalism is good, since through herbalism knowingly or unknowingly we will try to protect our plants. It’s a way to unlock the mysteries in our nature. Through herbalism our nature tells us that, Nature itself creates all the problems, and it has the solution to those problems in itself. She is compelling us to solve the puzzle which she has given.