The number of patients using complementary and alternative medicine in combination with mainstream treatments continues to rise. Consequently, there is an increasing need for information about the associated risks and benefits.
I am a doctor of pharmacy and a professionally trained herbalist with in-depth knowledge of botanical products and potential interactions between dietary supplements and prescription drugs. I manage the Memorial Sloan-Kettering About Herbs Web site, which provides unbiased information on dietary supplements and unproven anticancer treatments. I also consult with patients about the proper use of dietary supplements.
In addition, I advise healthcare professionals on the adverse effects of herbal products. I participate in botanicals research and coordinate the filing of Investigational New Drug (IND) applications submitted by the Integrative Medicine Service to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ensure the safety of botanical products for clinical trials. I also assist in designing clinical trials to study the effects of acupuncture on cancer and related conditions.