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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Botanicals (Overview)

Botanicals are chemicals obtained from plants.


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Is botanicals a reputable cure?

Is  botanicals a reputable cure?

"Reputable cure"?: The answer depends on what condition & botanical you're asking about. There are thousands of plants which have been used to make medicines, for many conditions. Even some drugs used in conventional medicine -- such as digitalis and Atropine -- had their origins in plant (botanical) medicine. Clinical research in botanical medicine is progressing, but has far to go. www.herbalgram.org for more. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
38 doctors shared insights

Botanicals (Overview)

Botanicals are chemicals obtained from plants.


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What herbs and botanicals are best after 50?

What herbs and botanicals are best after 50?

These can: If you do use medicinal herbs, be sure to tell your doctor as some herbs can interfere with certain medications. Ginkgo for example has a reputation as a memory booster and it does seem useful with improving short-term memory when taken over a period of months. But it can interact with anticonvulsants antidepressants and blood thinners. Horsetail can be useful in the treatment of incontinence. ...Read more

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What are botanical plants that are commonly found in our kitchen that can be used as medicines?

What are botanical plants that are commonly found in our kitchen that can be used as medicines?

Though many plants: Or botanicals can be and have been used as "folk remedies" and even a few as sources for real medicine, self-diagnosing and treating individuals have fools for patients! medical school wouldn't take so long and require such high gpas if non-physicians could all just take a few plants and "cure" what ails them. If you're sick, please see a doctor; the life you save may be your own! ...Read more

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Mixing botanical slimming pills and alcohol, is this okay?

Mixing botanical slimming pills and alcohol, is this okay?

Sure: Botanical slimming pills are unlikely to do you any good in any case. Weight loss is primarily about lifestyle, and there's no magic. Most people who are serious about losing weight cut out alcohol especially while they are dieting. Why not undertake a fitness-focused lifestyle? It'll be fun and has other health benefits. ...Read more

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Are botanical diet pills safe?

Are botanical diet pills safe?

Some maybe, some no: This is a very broad question, because so many substances are said to be "diet pills". Some may also contain substances not listed on the label, as my colleague suggests. Recently, one called "japan rapid weight loss diet pills green" was found to contain phenolphthalein -- a cancer-causing agent not approved for the us market. A good review source is: www.Consumerlab.Com take care out there. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about meizitang botanical simming?

Can you tell me about meizitang botanical simming?

Meizitang botanical: Meizitang botanical slimming soft gel is a supplement that is sold for the purpose of weight loss. Recommend that if you wish to lose weight that you eat healthfully, exercise regularly & insure that calories burn exceed calories consumed. I can not endorse this product. ...Read more

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Any botanicals effective in improving male fertility?

Any botanicals effective in improving male fertility?

Possibly: Fertility in men is related to quantity of health sperm. There exist hundreds of studies showing a positive effect of nutritional supplementation on fertility. Ginseng is used traditionally used to improve male fertility, maca has also been shown to increase seminal volume, and sperm motility. ...Read more

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Why shouldnt I treat menopause symptoms with botanicals>magazines say they are good.?

You can: May work better than an individual herb. You have to find what works for you. Be careful because many come from china and other 3rd world countries and they are not monitored by the fda. Use a company that tests all their raw ingredients for authenticity, purity and potency. ...Read more

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List botanicals, teas, food not to eat when pregnant?

No unpasturized food: Do not drink unpasteurized milk or eat soft cheeses made from unpasteurized milk, including brie, feta, camembert, roquefort, queso blanco, and queso fresco. Do not eat under cooked or raw eggs – they may contain bacteria. Certain kinds of fish, such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish (golden or white snapper) contain high levels of mercury also do not eat raw fish sushi. ...Read more

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Can I help mental disorders with meditation, herbs other botanicals?

Can I help mental disorders with meditation, herbs other botanicals?

Usually yes: It depends to some degree on the type of mental disorder, but i believe meditation can be helpful to virtually everyone. Herbal medicines have been proven effective in treating anxiety and depression, as well as helping attention deficit disorder and improving memory and concentration. Vitamins, minerals, Amino Acids & healthy oils also help. It is best to work with a knowledgeable practitioner. ...Read more

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Do organic botanicals therapeutic facial cleansing get rid of acne?

Do organic botanicals therapeutic facial cleansing  get rid of acne?

No.: Acne is not about dirt; it's about plugged oil glands and a specific species of bacteria. Organic botanicals (i'm assuming you're talking about the avon product) is a gentle cleanser, nothing more. It was not formulated and is not promoted as an acne treatment - so, surprise! it shouldn't be used as an acne treatment. ...Read more

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On CFS & immunity: What Rx drugs might help with high susceptibility to viruses? Antiviral botanicals had modest results, but little energy level rise

No miracle: Although studies have shown that those with low vitamin D3 level are more likely to contract viral respiratory disease. I am not aware of any botanical including echinacea having proven anti-viral activities. ...Read more

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If UTI is caused by ecoli can it go away without anti biotics.  using cranberry, pro biotocs and mannose and botanicals?

If UTI is caused by ecoli can it go away without anti biotics.  using cranberry, pro biotocs and mannose and botanicals?

Yes: This is possible followup with a urinalysis in one to two weeks to insure clearance of the infection. As long as your symptoms remain localized to bladder and urethra. If you have symptoms progressing to include pain in the flanks or develop fever this is indicative of a more serious infection and althout i like herbal treatments i would recommend antibiotics for this instance. ...Read more

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I've recently stopped smoking botanical potpourri and was wondering if my subsequent weight loss could be a result? As well as dark circles/veins eyes

I've recently stopped smoking botanical potpourri and was wondering if my subsequent weight loss could be a result? As well as dark circles/veins eyes

Impossible to say: Botanical potpourri sounds so innocent for synthetic cannabinoids which can be dangerous and even lethal. All cannibinoids, including the synthetics, increase appetite, and if you have had changes in appetite since stopping, this may be the cause of weight loss. Please do not use these synthetics (including bath salts etc) - they are truly dangerous and each batch is different. Get help stopping. ...Read more

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What is m.R.S.A.?

What is m.R.S.A.?

See below: Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus. It is a bacteria (s. Aureus) that is resistant to methicillin, an antibiotic. This makes it resistant to several other standard antibiotics and also gives it a unique virulence due to its genetics. ...Read more

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Can you die from s.V.T?

Can you die from s.V.T?

Usually not serious: Death from svt must be extremely rare, if ever. It is usually managed as outpatient. ...Read more

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What is sjögren’s syndrome?

What is sjögren’s syndrome?

Dryness arthritis: Typically it is dryness of eyes, mouth, arthritis, swelling of salivary glands. ...Read more

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My b/s is 564 what should I do?

My b/s is 564 what should I do?

Need to seek trtmt: I am not an expert here but having elevated blood sugars this high for too long can be life threatening and lead to permanent organ damage. Could land you in a diabetic coma. You need to seek medical attention with an internist, family practice doc, or endocrinologist to get this under check. ...Read more

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How is sjögren’s formally diagnosed?

How is sjögren’s formally diagnosed?

Several ways: History, physical examination, lab tests for sjogren's antibodies and on occasion a "lip biopsy" removing some minor salivary glands from inside the lower lip to examine them microscopically. ...Read more

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