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are there any herbal supplements that can be ingested to prevent high blood pressure?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Herbals for BP: A number of herbal, natural, substances and vitamins have been shown to lower elevated blood pressure, but not a lot. Serious high blood pressure may need medication. Exercise, diet changes, weight loss, salt restrictions will show some benefit. Garlic, coq10, folic acid, fish oil, and hawthorne have all shown small improvements in blood pressure.
Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Also Alkalinized water, Acid Free Diet, good Whole Food Vitamin/Mineral supplementation has allowed many of my patients to wean off of Blood Pressure Medications. Must be done with supervision. and the most promising one I have seen recently is Protandim www.MedacPC.com
Feb 2, 2012
Dr. Luis Matos
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 45 years experience
Maybe: You can take bonito fish supplements to help reduce mild hypertension.

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Is it safe to take herbal sleep aids while pregnant or nursing?

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No: Acog recommend against taking any herbs safety is not well established.
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Prevent malaria best with doxycycline or mefloquine if travelling abroad?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
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Im having saveir pain in my right upper calf I have a history of blood clots but in my arms the pain has been their for a while but not this bad. ?

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Dr. Bradley Thomas
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Ultrasound. : It is unusual for blood clots in the calf to cause severe pain. However, the test is simple. Get an ultrasound to rule this out because you already have a personal history of deep vein thrombosis.
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A 26-year-old male asked:

Blood in stools weight loss constipated. Blood on tissue paper. Im 26 freaking out what to do?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
More likely minor pb: If constipated, the rocks you pass likely caused a fissure or scratch in the anal passage which leaks bright red blood onto the stool or puddles in the stool ready to pass. Dark red or purplish stool is more likely to represent polyps or other issues higher in the colon.See your doctor & have this assessed.
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A 30-year-old female asked:

My baby is a boy, 2 years and 11 months I did a complete blood picture and he has 10.6 haemoglobin is that value anaemic?And is it dangerous? And how can it b treated

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 31 years experience
It is low...: Have your doctor explain the results so you can understand what the plan will be. Most likely it is an anemia due to iron deficiency, but need to rule out genetic reasons like thalassemias. Treatment is via iron supplements or foods rich in iron like green leafy vegetables, meats, beans and iron enriched cereals. Egg yolks are also a good source.

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