The most common natural products seen are essential oils, herbs, vitamins, minerals, probiotics, and dietary supplements.
While these products are widely available to consumers, it is important to know that this industry is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so there is extreme variability in quality, safety, and standards. Natural products should only be taken under the direction of a healthcare provider, and all products should be disclosed and discussed with the treating medical team including your physician, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, and bedside nurse.
Many natural products are beneficial as adjunct therapy, for example taking a probiotic with antibiotics, but should never be used as a stand-alone curative treatment for life-threatening illness. As previously mentioned, discuss any natural products you are using or are interested in using with a qualified healthcare professional who understands both approaches to care.
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