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Safety is a topic that includes recommendations for making the home and outdoor environments safe, especially for kids. This topic includes ideas on childproofing cabinets, keeping dangerous items locked up, ensuring balconies and stairs are safe, covering wiring and outlets, fencing off pools, staying away from cars, watching ...Read more
Usually / not always: Dong quai is generally safe but can cause side effects & should be used with caution in certain circumstances. It can cause sensitivity to the sun. It thins the blood & should be avoided if taking blood thinners or if you have bleeding tendencies. It can cause loose stools & stomach upset in some. It should be avoided in pregnancy & while breastfeeding. But most people tolerate it quite well. ...Read more
This is an excellent: review: https://nccih.nih.gov/health/stjohnswort/sjw-and-depression.htmGet a more detailed answer ›
Be wary of any product that claims to be a natural form of Viagra (sildenafil): Herbal supplements aren't held to the same standards as prescription and over-the-counter medications — so it can be difficult to know which ones are safe or effective. Sildenafil (Viagra (sildenafil), Revatio) is a prescription medication used to treat erectile dysfunction. It works by increasing blood flow to the penis when you become sexually aroused. Some "herbal viagra" supplements are advertised as a cheaper alternative, available without a prescription. Some of these products do contain substances that improve blood flow by relaxing the walls of blood vessels. However, none of them focuses specifically on blood vessels in the penis, as do Viagra (sildenafil) and similar prescription drugs. As a result, these so-called "herbal viagra" supplements can cause dangerously low blood pressure in some men — particularly men who take nitrate medications for heart problems. In addition, some products marketed as "herbal viagras" have been pulled off the market because they contain undeclared prescription medications. It can be dangerous to take supplements that contain unknown amounts of prescription medications or other unidentified ingredients. If you have erectile dysfunction, see your doctor to make sure it isn't caused by an underlying health problem or isn't a side effect of medications you take. Your safest bet in treating erectile problems is to rely on your doctor's evaluation and recommendations. Before using any herbal remedy or supplement, check with your doctor to make sure it's safe for you. ...Read more
Yes/No: Placebo effect is powerful.If the person believes in the substance:it will work.There is no proven(trials) effect.We used it a lot before the pde5 rx's(viagra, levitra&cialis) with little sucess in men.Less in women.I've said before on this site the "sex organ" is between the ears. ...Read more
Can't say for sure: Looking at the ingradients [on their website]...It seems so. However, the review did raise serious doubts [for me]about its efficacy; first...>try good balanced diet/exercise-walking/wt. Control/ and meditation/vitamins ...And may be good old herbal suppliments ..You would be better off not to mention, there are good rx medications, your md could prescribe. ...Read more
Andrographis paniculata safety, contraindications, interactions -- liver, blood clotting/bruising, constipation/diarrhea?
Thinogenics: This is a proprietary blend of herbs that are suppose to work together to make you lose weight. You must be careful with claims. These supplements are not regulated so you do not know what you are really getting. The best way to lose weight is number one increase physical activity with starting at least 30 min of exercise 3 times per week and cut out empty calories. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually: You might ask for 3rd party assays of purity and strength. Some ethical companies provide them. I would not buy from a company that does not. The gmp seal from the natural foods association is a purchased approval and does not reflect any quality testing. ...Read more
Eat food: Eat food, not marketing. Skip the Shakeology, save your money for fresh fruits and veggies. The best advice comes from Michael Pollan: "Eat Food. Mostly Plants. Not too much". The side effect of Shakeology is supporting the lie that there is some trick to weight loss and health, or that you can buy it in a can. It's how you take care of yourself: eat unprocessed food and exercise, get sleep. ...Read more
Is gingko biloba and maca root safe supplements to take fot ssri induced sexual dysfunction? Currently on 30mg fluoxetine/day. Dosages? Other herbs?
Hi can you tell me some names of medicines that lower sex drive . Because ive got a very high one? Ive tried chasteberry it didnt work
Needs assessment: You should consult a psychiatrist or psychologist. The key questions are whether your sex drive is truly problematic and/or whether it signals illness (either medical or psychological). If treatment is desirable, then the treatment needs to be based on the underlying cause. Simply cycling through a list of sex-suppressive meds or herbs is inefficient and possibly dangerous. ...Read more
Not really: No compelling science that says it does. ...Read more
Is chasteberry safe to try without Dr consult? Very lite periods, pain in between periods n more pain during the absence of flow?
Not effective: I wouldn't count on it. If you don't want to become pregnant, much more reliable methods are readily available. ...Read more
Have been taking Chasteberry for PMS I am suffering from water retention that I haven't had before. Could it be the Chasteberry?
Maybe: When it comes to supplements, there are no standardization processes, so it is hard to tell what you are getting or how much you are getting. In addition, each company uses different fillers. I would recommend stopping if you are getting any unusual side effects. If no improvement in your symptoms follow up with a doctor to make sure other medical conditions are not causing your symptoms ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can taking vitex chasteberry start my period early? I'm not trying to get pregnant i just want my period to start earlier for a event. I'm taking ab cuts (diet pills) just incase that information is needed.
The : The manufacturer of vitex chasteberry suggests that it can regular periods. There are no scientific studies that demonstrate that it is effective in regulating periods however. Please call your local poison center and read them the ingredients from your herbal medications and be sure that they are safe to take together. Let them know any other medications you are on. Poison center is a free service. ...Read more
Not much: Vitex has been used in greece for many years, but there is no scientific data to establish it's reliability. Diet, exercise and weight loss can help. Metformin is a more scientific and well studied option. It can help noralize menses and even induce fertility in many women, discuss w/your ob/gyn. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more
I have pcos. Would it higher my chances of getting pregnant if i took fertility blend and chasteberry/ vitex together?
Different options: Best to consult with gyn or infertility specialist. There are several standard management options to help induce ovulation in pcos/pcod: - diet, exercise, weight loss - Clomiphene citrate - letrozole - gonadotropins - ivf - ovarian drilling - +/- glucophage use of herbs have not undergone fda testing such as the management options above. Best to consult with gyn or infertility specialist. ...Read more
I have simple hyperplasia without atypia, my ob prescribed provera (medroxyprogesterone), (medroxyprogesterone) is it ok to take vitex (chasteberry) supplement together with provera (medroxyprogesterone)?
Herbals: Its my understanding that chasteberry is a phyto-progesterone. Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is a synthetic progesterone, which has been used i think since the late 1940's. The issue here is would the phyto Progesterone make the Provera (medroxyprogesterone) less effective. My guess is that it could, because both chemicals bind the same receptor sites in your endometrium. I would hold the chasteberry for now. ...Read more
Does drinking a cup of chasteberry tea everyday cause breast cancer? I drink it to regulate my period and reduce breast pain when my period comes
Drinking tea: Drinking chaste berry tea is said to reduce PMS and breast pain in some women. The claim is that it increases circulating Estrogen levels. Limited scientific research has been done to validate and quantify the true effects. Some specialists recommended that Estrogen receptor positive breast cancer patients avoid this herbal supplement. ...Read more
I have pcos & my cysts in my ovaries had rupture two months ago. I was wondering will taking chasteberry vitex & prenatal vitamins help me conceive?
Avoid chasteberry: Vitex and prenatal vitamins will help keep you healthy and being as healthy as possible may help you conceive. Chasteberry changes hormone levels and should be avoided. Your best chance of having a child with PCOS is to work closely with a gynecologist skilled in PCOS. ...Read more
Have started taking agnus castus for pmt and it says to take 2 twice a day- they are 400mg is this too much?
Hard to say: Over the counter herbal products create some challenges. Each company has a different quality of product. Each product has a different amount of the active ingredients. The type of product (capsule, tincture, etc) are quite different. In general the dosing of such products is not as dangerous in terms of overdose as they are often taking for effect. Agnus castus is "relatively" safe, so likely ok. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have been taking agnus castus month ago before cd1. In that cycle I have not taken it any more. Now I am on cd1, when can I start taking it again?
I am taking agnus castus for 17 days till yesterday(till cd1).I noticed that this month menstrual bleeding is significantly reduced, related to agnus?
I am taking spironolactione 25mg for acne and like previous inquiries, would like to know if chaste berry is ok to take alongside spironolactone. ?
Chaste Tree: According to Drugs.Com (herbals) there are no well documented interactions with Vitex agnus-castus L.. That is more likely to mean that it has not been well studied (wouldn't assume that it wouldn't interact with other substances). ...Read more