Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Herbals

Clare Lee, M.D., MHS, Reshmi Srinath, M.D.


  • Herbals refers to use of a plant or part of a plant for medicinal purpose.
  • Also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine
  • Many different herbal preparations are used for treatment of diabetes (DM) in different cultures.
  • Few have been systematically evaluated for efficacy and safety.
  • Compounds which have had some scientific evaluation are discussed in this module.

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Last updated: August 3, 2017