What’s the difference between a food supplement and a herbal medicine?

Herbal substances come from plants and many are used in both food supplements and medicinal products.  For example, sage, ginseng and garlic can all be found in both food supplements and herbal remedies.

A herbal product will be considered a medicinal product if medicinal claims are made about it i.e. that it can prevent, treat or cure disease.

Find out more about how herbal products are regulated in Regulation.