The following is the summary of “Safety Considerations for Natural Products Commonly Used By Patients with Allergic Disease” published in the December 2022 issue of Allergy and Clinical Immunology by Soffer, et al.

Natural items such as medicinal herbs, vitamins, and other nutritional supplements are all examples of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), an umbrella word that encompasses all types of healthcare. Patients who suffer from allergic reactions typically utilize these products either in conjunction with treatment or as an alternative to those treatments. 

Even though these modalities are used on a large scale, most medical professionals have only a cursory comprehension of them and insufficient training in how to use them effectively. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary for individuals who operate in the medical field to have an awareness of both the advantages and the potential risks connected to the items that their patients may choose to use. This Clinical Commentary investigates the potential adverse responses and side effects of many natural items commonly used by patients who suffer from allergies. 

These natural goods include essential oils, herbal remedies, and nutritional supplements. In addition to this, it offers a summary of the standards outlined by the Food and Drug Administration of the United States for the production, promotion, and distribution of the product.