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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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What are herbal treatments for fighting depression?

What are herbal treatments for fighting depression?

Herbal tea may relax: You or make you feel good for a short trimester, but it is not a viable treatment for depression. Reach out to a psychologist and/or a psychiatrist and develop a treatment plan. Usually, I would start with psychotherapy and add medication if the depression does not lift after a 10 - 12 sessions. If someone is severely depressed or suicidal, start with medication right away. ...Read more

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Is there a way to regrow my gum line using herbal treatments?

Is there a way to regrow my gum line using herbal treatments?

Not to my knowledge: There is no way to regrow gingival tissue with home remedies or herbal or medicinal therapies. The only way we know how is with surgery assuming that some criteria are met. ...Read more

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What alternative/herbal treatments are recommended for sebaceous cysts?

What alternative/herbal treatments are recommended for sebaceous cysts?

Surgical problem: This is really a surgical problem and does not usually respond to an herbaltreatment. ...Read more

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Are there any herbal treatments for insonmia?

Are there any herbal treatments for insonmia?

Oh my, yes: But first it's important to look at why you're having insomnia. Some types really do need conventional treatments -- so a diagnostic evaluation with your doctor is wise. Sleep studies may be indicated too. Additionally, some sleep problems can come from anxiety & can benefit from psychotherapy. This said, herbs such as lemon balm, california poppy, hops, kava, and valerian can all help w/sleep. ...Read more

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Are there any natural herbal treatments for gout?

Are there any natural herbal treatments for gout?

Cherry, h2o, vit c: Cherry juice helps the flares. Vitamin c and good old water (staying hydrated) help prevent flares. Ask your doctor about other treatment. A rheumatologist treats this kind of arthritis. ...Read more

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Are there herbal treatments what help with migraines?

Are there herbal treatments what help with migraines?

Yes: Some supplements that help prevent migraines: coenzyme q, riboflavin, butterbur. There's been conflicting information about feverfew & magnesium. Chinese medicine/acupuncture may help. Try it for at least 2-3 months before you give up. Remember to eat right, get moving 30-60 minutes every day, and sleep well. ...Read more

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Can herbal treatments of HIV actually work?

Can herbal treatments of HIV actually work?

In short, no.: There is currently no cure for hiv. Herbal treatments have been evaluated but none have been shown to be effective. Only anti-hiv medications in combination of at least 3 meds (known as highly active antiretroviral therapy or haart) have been shown to have effectiveness in keeping HIV at bay, although haart is also not a cure, but have made HIV a more manageable chronic illness. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more