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Most Used Natural Products

0.1% of U.S. children (68,000) used
combination herb pills

Many fewer American children (about 222,000) used combination herb pills in 2012 than in 2007.

Combination herb pills are made up of different herbs, which are plants or plant parts. Some herbs may have side effects and may interact with other dietary supplements or medications. An herbal supplement may contain dozens of compounds and all of its ingredients may not be known. Parents should be aware that many complementary health approaches have not been tested for safety or effectiveness in children.

Read more about dietary supplements including herbal supplements.


5 Citation: Black LI, Clarke TC, Barnes PM, Stussman BJ, Nahin RL. Use of complementary health approaches among children aged 4-17 years in the United States: National Health Interview Survey, 2007-2012. National health statistics reports; no 78. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015. (229KB PDF)

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