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Doctor insights on: 5 Medicinal Plants And Their Uses

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Are doctors trained in the healing properties of spices and herbs?

Are doctors trained in the healing properties of spices and herbs?

Not usually: Most Western doctors don't have extensive training in this area. Traditional Chinese Medicine physician do have extensive training about medicinal herbs. ...Read more

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Which other medicinal plants we can use in sore eyes?

Which other medicinal plants we can use in sore eyes?

None.: It is not advisable to put anything in your eyes if they are sore unless directed to do so by an eye care specialist. Make an appointment with an ophthalmologist to find out why your eyes are sore and what can be done about it. ...Read more

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Exposure to chlorpyrifos ethyl when used on fruit vegetables etc. Also used as insecticide on plants by spraying in homes. Does it affect our health?

Exposure to chlorpyrifos ethyl when used on fruit vegetables etc.  Also used as insecticide on plants by spraying in homes.  Does it affect our health?

Yes: This is an organophosphate insecticide that is moderately toxic. It has been linked to neurological effects and developmental delays in children. Some have hypothesized it causes autoimmune diseases. It has been banned for household use since 2001. ...Read more

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Does zeolite bind only toxins and metals or also medicines like antidepressants and herbal supplements?

Does zeolite bind only toxins and metals or also medicines like antidepressants and herbal supplements?

Probably not but...: There has not been much research on zeolite but it has a negative charge that attracts positive ions like lead & mercury atoms. I doubt it binds to medicines and herbs. However, to be safe, i always advise people take it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach & wait at least 15 minutes before taking anything else & also at bedtime on an empty stomach separate from other supplements/meds. ...Read more

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Are Ayurvedic medicines, especially those in which heavy metals are intentionally added safe ?

Are Ayurvedic medicines, especially those in which heavy metals are intentionally added safe ?

Caveat emptor: I just presented a case of a guy whose 'traditional practitioner' killed him with arsenic-laced medicines. Get involved with these people at your own risk. Some are ethical. Others are appallingly naive about the dangers they present to the people they are treating. Try to find someone who's regulated by an organization that you trust. ...Read more

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How are all the added extracts in natural cosmetics made?

How are all the added extracts in natural cosmetics made?

Extraction process: The extraction process depends on the desired product as well as the chemical state (aqueous, oil). Some processes are as simple as crush and filtering whereas others may involve complex distillation steps. ...Read more

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20/21 weeks pregnant Can I use a lush bath bomb with these essential oils as ingredients: Grapefruit oil, cedar wood oil, and peppermint oil. No concentrations are given. They are not the first ingredients listed. ?

20/21 weeks pregnant Can I use a lush bath bomb with these essential oils as ingredients:
Grapefruit oil, cedar wood oil, and peppermint oil. No concentrations are given. They are not the first ingredients listed. 
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Yes: Based on the information provided, fetal harm is unlikely, as long as the temperature is not too hot. There is a small risk of fainting from the vasodilatory effect of a hot bath which could cause drowning. Also, some people could be allergic to some of the ingredients themselves. Dipping your toes in the bath for a few minutes to ensure no allergic reaction may help eliminate this concern. ...Read more

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Sir,in india people use Asafoetida in curries mostly. Any health benefits or harms by using Asafoetida??

Sir,in india people use Asafoetida in curries mostly. Any health benefits or harms by using Asafoetida??

Limited evidence: It's used for many respiratory and gastrointestinal issues though it presently isn't clear how effective it may be if at all. One thing to be aware of is that it does contain low amounts of coumarins which serve to thin your blood. So if you bleed easily you may consider avoiding this particularly in large amounts. ...Read more

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How do the various NSAIDS compare in their anticoagulant properties?

How do the various NSAIDS compare in their anticoagulant properties?

See below: NSAIDS assist in anticoagulation by decreasing platelet function. They are not known to be anticoagulants. I have not seen any literature comparing the NSAIDS, first generation like motrin, aleve (naproxen) naprosyn etc. If you need to be on anticoagulants, you should follow your doctor's advice. ...Read more

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Does ingested cannabis oil interact with anesthesia used in surgery?

Contact anestheiolog: Interactions would depend on which anesthetic and how much oil you use. You should contact the anesthesiologist who will be doing the case ...Read more

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Can topical ointments that have ingredients like green tea, caffine, ginseng and we apply them onto our skin can these ingredients get into bloodstrea?

Can topical ointments that have ingredients like green tea, caffine, ginseng and we apply them onto our skin can these ingredients get into bloodstrea?

A certain percentage: A certain percentage of topical ointments will enter the body. The % depends on the ointment and the person and the location on the person. ...Read more

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Is the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database accurate in their ratings of how hazardous different cosmetics, shampoos, etc are?

Is the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database accurate in their ratings of how hazardous different cosmetics, shampoos, etc are?

As far as i know: They have a good reputation and lots of people depend on their information. You do ask a good question...you could call them and get more information on how they do their research...and yo may find that helps you more. ...Read more

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What's the difference between wild leeches and leeches used in medical treatment?

What's the difference between wild leeches and leeches used in medical treatment?

Wild vs Bred: Farmed leeches are grown under strictly clean techniques fed on HIV negative blood. Wild leeches, well they're fed on unknown. ...Read more

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Do the herbal based compounds widely advertised for skin tag/mole removal work?

Do the herbal based compounds widely advertised for skin tag/mole removal work?

Herbal mole removal: I think that they are a bad idea. Destroying a lesion without being able to examine it pathologically is bad because sometime the most innocuous looking "moles" can be cancer. An amelanotic melanoma will not have any pigment in it and can look like a small reddish bump. It is unlikely that the creams would adequately remove such a lesion.I have seen cancers in "skin tags" and other unexpected spot. ...Read more

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What are five medicinal uses of orange?

What are five medicinal uses of orange?

Medicinal, etc: 1) Orange Juice; 2) Orange Julius; 3) Deoderant; 4) Extract will clean dirt and kill roaches; 5) Most important: Screwdriver ...Read more

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Please tell me if there are any problems caused by the use of medicinal plants?

All medicines: including those made from plants - have potential side effects. ...Read more

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I get up four to five times a night to use the bathroom after going to bed ?

I get up four to five times a night to use the bathroom after going to bed ?

Night urination: You refer to urine flow which becomes more difficult in men as the prostate enlarges with age. It pushes on the urine outflow tract cause the symptoms of urgency, night frequency, slow and low flow and incomplete emptying of the bladder. Evaluation by your urologist to rule out cancer is needed. Meds to increase flow are available which can help. ...Read more

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If I want kids and I have used birthcontrol for five years is it ok to use birthcontrol for another lets say three ?

If I want kids and I have used birthcontrol for five years is it ok to use birthcontrol for another lets say three ?

Depends on your age: Prolonged use of oral contraceptives does not carry with an increased risk of infertility, but advancing age does. ...Read more

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Trying to comceive for five months. Is it possible to ovulate early amd have light pink spotting? And use OPK the day after and get a negative?

Trying to comceive for five months. Is it possible to ovulate early amd have light pink spotting? And use OPK the day after and get a negative?

Not likely: Sometimes opks are difficult to interpret, but usually to catch the lh surge you will see a negative test one day, and a positive test the next. It will remain positive for a few days after ovulation as well. If you're having mid-cycle spotting, and your opk turned negative the day after positive you probably had a false positive. I often have my patients come for day 21 blood draw. ...Read more

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I have been on Nexium (esomeprazole) for five years and it just isn't working anymore is there anything i can use over-the-counter that might work?

I have been on Nexium (esomeprazole) for five years and it just isn't working anymore is there anything i can use over-the-counter that might work?

Nexium (esomeprazole) times 5 years: I would think that it is time to get the underlying cause of this treated. Are you eating foods that do not cause gerd? Are you of an ideal weight or trying to get there? Do you smoke? That is where i would focus. Getting to not needing antacids any longer. ...Read more

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Is it possible for my wife to take time to concieve after a five year use of nepro to aviod children and try to conceive?

Is it possible for my wife to take time to concieve after  a five year use of nepro to aviod children and try to conceive?

Yes: She will need to be off meds for some time, and please have her see her gyn immediately prior to trying to concieve. ...Read more

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I use this five minute whitening kit in the morning and at night. Is it okay to use crest white strips at night after I use the whitening kit?

I use this five minute whitening kit in the morning and at night. Is it okay to use crest white strips at night after I use the whitening kit?

Caution: Too much whitening agent ( a kind of bleach) will make your teeth and gums very sensitive and sore. Your teeth will only get so white from this treatment and more won't make 'em any whiter. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use nose spray once a night for five days?

Is it ok to use nose spray once a night for five days?

Allergies: Spray saline into your nostrils frequently to flush out allergens and irritants. You will get the best care in a long term relationship with a provider who knows you over time. Discuss this with that provider. ...Read more

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Why did i get blisters on my neck five days after I use histofreezer?

Why did i get blisters on my neck five days after I use histofreezer?

Cryotherapy: The advantage is that crotherapy is not an invasive procedure. The wart or warts are destroyed by the application of extreme cold on the cells so that water ice crystals form. These ice crystals expand, pushing through the cell walls and eliminating the wart causing a blister. ...Read more

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Im five days late and we use protection except a few times but he did not ejaculate inside, could precum have me pregnant?

Im five days late and we use protection except a few times but he did not ejaculate inside, could precum have me pregnant?

Sure: There are about 4 million sperm present in preejaculatory fluid. If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. ...Read more

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I have had the mirena for five years and two months or so. Am I at risk of pregnancy ? Me and my fiance Don't use protection.

I have had the mirena for five years and two months or so. Am I at risk of pregnancy ? Me and my fiance Don't use protection.

Mirena IUD: The manufacturer's "suggested" length of use prior to "recommended replacement" is about five years, but if (apparently) working for pregnancy avoidance, it is probably conservative. There is always a "chance" for pregnancy with any form of contraception, so if leaving the current Mirena in place is your decision, be prepared for a contraception failure. ...Read more