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Herbal Supplements and Community Safety

Written by Jasmine Zenderland
Published on December 20, 2023
Research Highlights

Herbal supplements are products, such as capsules, tablets, powders, or extracts, that are made from plants and are available widely in retail stores nationwide. Despite their popularity as supplemental health products, these products do not have to be approved by the FDA to be sold without a prescription to consumers.  


  • Herbal medicines are the most widely used complementary and alternative medicine approach in the United States. 
  • There are no laws regulating the sale of general herbal supplements in Missouri (only laws regulating the sale of Kratom). 
  • Herbal supplements can be linked to negative health outcomes due to many different factors. 


  • The prevalence of adverse effects from herbal supplements is unknown due to infrequent reporting. 
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