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Can Any Herbal Supplements Help Psoriasis
A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more
No: None are reliable for this purpose.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: Most people have non-bacterial chronic prostatitis and are not improved with antibiotics. There are multiple prescription and non-prescription medications as well as behavioral modifications that can be used to treat prostatitis. These are best discussed with your healthcare provider. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not alone: We cannot trust herbals or remedies that have no good evidence that they help in serious research studies. In patients that have no good alternative to be cured herbals may be tried for compassion. Not all cancers are treated the same. Early stage cancer and some advanced cancers may be cured with conventional treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Please see dr. Pappas's response re: homeopathy. Herbs & supplements may help as well, but like homeopathy treatment is best individualized. A high-quality multivitamin with additional vit d should insure against deficiencies. Rhodiola is among herbs that can improve fertility. Other herbs & nutrients can increase your partner's sperm count. Make sure you're not hypothyroid. Please see comment:. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Zinc & Biotin. Sun!: Both have been shown to be depleted by the rapid dermal/epidermal transit in pts with psoriasis. More zinc is utilized in the skin than any other organ. Biotin helps with scaliness and desquamation. I recommend 100mg of zinc gluconate and 7500mcg of biotin per day. Sunlight in moderation helps clear psoriasis, but getting sunburned can cause it to flare. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Time: Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. That's why they are sold in "alternative" stores. Be careful and watch your wallet. ...Read more
Agnus castis: If you mean the homeopathic remedy made from agnus castis, there are no interactions with other herbal remedies. If you mean agnus castis extract in material doses, there are no studies available to answer questions about interactions with other herbal medicines. ...Read more
Support immunity 1st: Yes, but seeing a doctor who practices holistic or functional medicine is the best way to manage non-pharmacological approaches to hypothyroidism. Most hypothyroidism results from an imbalanced immune system (th1/th2 imbalance) and adrenal stress. In some cases, it may be corrected without medication. When using medications, consider all your options, including natural thyroid replacement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: I would not be using these with any psychotropic medications, alcohol, or other drugs. But passionflower and lemon balm can be very helpful. Tension release by mega foods combines these & is safe. Also kava stress relief by yogi tea. The longer you steep this tea (it also has nice spices in it) the stronger it gets, though. Milky oats is another -- like nature's xanax (alprazolam) & not habituating. ...Read more
Unfortunately, no: There are thousands of supplements advertised to do all sorts of magical remedies. Very few supplements have real research studies to show benefits (but manufacturers make claims, based on theories, animal tests, testimonials, chemical similarities, etc... But not on real research because real research is hard to do and is expensive to do). No supplement is able to help build the desired collagen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Serotonin foods: Anything which helps regulate sleep may improve the situation (avoid caffeine and more than one drink of alcohol after 3pm, regular sleep, avoid stress or shift work), as well as serotonin foods 30min prior to bedtime (dark chocolate, almonds, glass of milk, banana, dried cherries). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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