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Herbal Safety

By John Chen, PhD, PharmD, OMD, LAc

Dr. John Chen is a recognized authority on western pharmacology and Chinese herbal medicine. He graduated from the South Baylo University School of Oriental Medicine in 1990 and the University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy in 1994. He has also received extensive postgraduate training in China specializing in herbology and internal medicine.

Dr. Chen is an assistant professor at USC School of Pharmacy, Yo San University, Emperor's College and Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. He also serves on the American Association of Oriental Medicine's (AAOM) herbal medicine committee.

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Previous Articles

Herbal Alternatives To Pain Killers
  August, 2011 (Vol. 12, Issue 08)
TCM and Infectious Disease
  May, 2011 (Vol. 12, Issue 05)
Tackling Ulcerative Colitis with Herbs
  February, 2011 (Vol. 12, Issue 02)
Treatment of Hyperthyroidism
  November, 2010 (Vol. 11, Issue 11)
Qing Bi Tang For Allergy Season
  August, 2010 (Vol. 11, Issue 08)
The Anti-Aging Herbal Formula
  May, 2010 (Vol. 11, Issue 05)
Important Microorganism Safety Issues for Herbs
  February, 2010 (Vol. 11, Issue 02)
Important Safety Issues on Mycotoxins
  November, 2009 (Vol. 10, Issue 11)
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Infectious Disease
  August, 2009 (Vol. 10, Issue 08)
Contemporary Applications of Shi Quan Da Bu Tang
  May, 2009 (Vol. 10, Issue 05)
Treatment of ADD/ADHD
  February, 2009 (Vol. 10, Issue 02)
A Brief Biography of Hua Tuo
  August, 2008 (Vol. 09, Issue 08)
Treatment to Regulate Menstruation and Promote Fertility, Part 2
  June, 2008 (Vol. 09, Issue 06)
Treatment to Regulate Menstruation and Promote Fertility, Part 1
  May, 2008 (Vol. 09, Issue 05)
Treatment of Chemotherapy- and Radiation-Induced Toxicities, Part 2
  March, 2008 (Vol. 09, Issue 03)
Treatment of Chemotherapy- and Radiation-Induced Toxicities
  February, 2008 (Vol. 09, Issue 02)
Herbal Monograph for Xiao Chai Hu Tang: Part Four
  October, 2007 (Vol. 08, Issue 10)
Herbal Monograph for Xiao Chai Hu Tang: Part Three
  September, 2007 (Vol. 08, Issue 09)
Herbal Monograph for Xiao Chai Hu Tang, Part Two
Pharmacological Effects
  August, 2007 (Vol. 08, Issue 08)
Herbal Monograph for Xiao Chai Hu Tang
  July, 2007 (Vol. 08, Issue 07)
Recognition and Prevention of Herb-Drug Interactions, Part 2: Pharmacodynamic Interactions
  January, 2007 (Vol. 08, Issue 01)
Recognition and Prevention of Herb-Drug Interactions, Part 1:Pharmacokinetic Interactions
  November, 2006 (Vol. 07, Issue 11)
Estrogen and Herbs (Part One of Three)
  October, 2005 (Vol. 06, Issue 10)
Red Yeast Rice: Rediscovery of an Ancient Herb
  March, 2004 (Vol. 05, Issue 03)
Lei Gong Teng (Radix Tripterygii Wilfordii): A Blessing or a Time Bomb?
  January, 2004 (Vol. 05, Issue 01)
Gynostemma: An Undiscovered Treasure
  September, 2002 (Vol. 03, Issue 09)
Menopause: Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspectives, Part II
  May, 2002 (Vol. 03, Issue 05)
Menopause: Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspectives, Part I
  March, 2002 (Vol. 03, Issue 03)
Herb-Drug Interactions: What Every Patient Needs to Know
  January, 2002 (Vol. 03, Issue 01)
A Success Story on Aristolochic Acid
  July, 2001 (Vol. 02, Issue 07)
Encounter with Endometriosis
  March, 2001 (Vol. 02, Issue 03)
Crohn's Disease: Western and Oriental Perspectives, Part II
  January, 2001 (Vol. 02, Issue 01)
Crohn's Disease
Western and Oriental Perspectives, Part I
  November, 2000 (Vol. 01, Issue 11)
Herbal Alternatives to Drugs in Pain Management, Part II
  July, 2000 (Vol. 01, Issue 07)
Herbal Alternatives to Drugs in Pain Management, Part I
  May, 2000 (Vol. 01, Issue 05)
Herbs for Boosting the Immune System
  March, 2000 (Vol. 01, Issue 03)
Q & A on Warfarin
  January, 2000 (Vol. 01, Issue 01)
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