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Doctor insights on: Echinacea Astragalus

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Does astragalus boost immune systems?

Does astragalus boost immune systems?

Astragalus: Astragalus has been used in traditional chinese medicine for centuries. Its main use has been to boost the body's immune system. But it also has been used to treat other conditions, including heart disease. That raises the question of exactly what heart benefits astragalus might offer. And if it does offer heart benefits, are there side effects you should know about? ...Read more

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Will echinacea boost my immune system?

Will echinacea boost my immune system?

Yes, if good quality: A large number of studies show that good-quality echinacea products can boost immune function, esp. What is called non-specific immunity, by enhancing function of macrophages, neutrophils & natural killer cells. Some of the studies are inconsistent but this may be due to the fact that not all echinacea products are of good quality. See http://www.Nottingham.Ac.Uk/burn/parker.Pdf for a good review. ...Read more

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Can Licorice root extract boost my immune system?

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Can Licorice root extract boost my immune system?

Depends who you ask!: I did a quick online search and found plenty of claims of immune system benefit from licorice root extract but none that I could quote as good high quality evidence. Check out http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-881-licorice.aspx?activeingredientid=881 which is best I could find. I'm hopeful my colleagues can edify both of us!. Also check out http://goo.gl/khYX2Z ...Read more

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Is it safe to take ginseng, vit d, k, calcium + capsicum supplements and cinnamon, dandelion, green, rosehip, chamomile and peppermint teas together?

Is it safe to take ginseng, vit d, k, calcium + capsicum supplements and cinnamon, dandelion, green, rosehip, chamomile and peppermint teas together?

Who knows?: Why would anyone have ever scientifically studied such a combination? Do so, as with all otc supplements, at your own risk. The only one that has been scientifically studied and has actual medical benefits without significant risks is the vitamin d. Calcium can't hurt. The rest are a waste of money and possibly health. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or internet scams. ...Read more

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Odorless garlic supplement vs kyolic supplement as immune system booster, do these work?

Odorless garlic supplement vs kyolic supplement as immune system booster, do these work?

Maybe: Garlic does have some general and very non-specific immune boosting effects, but the exact effect and to what extent is not clear. If you feel your immune system is weak or needs boosting you should discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can any supplements boost immunity?

Can any supplements boost immunity?

MANY proven to help!: Research shows that vitamins a, b complex (esp. B6, B12 & folic acid) c, d, e & k all enhance immune function. Bioflavonoids & minerals like zinc are also important for immune function. Many herbs like astragalus, ashwagandha, andrographis & medicinal mushrooms like coriolus help. Proboost thymus hormone works well. I recommend the book the road to immunity by kenneth bock md for detailed info. ...Read more

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Does rosemary, thyme and vitamin C cure anemia?

Does rosemary, thyme and vitamin C cure anemia?

Of course not: If someone posing as a health care professional has presented these to you as an actual treatment for anemia, you should contact your district attorney. There are many causes of anemia, none is trivial, and you must find the cause if you are to feel well and perhaps avoid dying of the disease of which it is a symptom. ...Read more

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Can echinacea and goldenseal treat bacterial infection?

Can echinacea and goldenseal treat bacterial infection?

Bacterial infection: There is no conclusive evidence of the efficacy of echinacea and goldenseal in treating any form of infection. There is good evidence that they have little or any effect on viral illnesses. ...Read more

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Does echinacea help suppress herpes?

Does echinacea help suppress herpes?

Has been used altern: Echinacea has been recommended by practitioners of alternative medicine as a preventive therapy for herpes simplex infection and they feel it has some antiviral properties but standard treatment is with antiviral drugs and echinacea may be used along with the standard therapy you can not use if you suffer from auto immune disease, if pregnant and on immunosuppressive therapy. ...Read more

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Benefits of aphrodisiac yohimbine bark?

Benefits of aphrodisiac yohimbine bark?

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

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Taking fish oil krill oil buckthorn hawthorn n gingko. Can comb cause haematuria.

Taking fish oil krill oil buckthorn hawthorn n gingko. Can comb cause haematuria.

No: Not unless you have a source in your genitourinary tract. In other words, they won't cause spontaneous bleeding. There has to be something else wrong. ...Read more

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Do turmeric curcumin & garlic tablets cure skin boils?

Do turmeric curcumin & garlic tablets cure skin boils?

Boil home remedies: In some cultures turmeric is ingested or is made into a poultice which is externally applied for the treatment of boils. In traditional chinese medicine, heated moxa is placed on garlic slices or a garlic paste over boils to hasten healing. ...Read more

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Can combining olive leaf extract (oleuropein 20%) and ginkgo biloba be harmful?

Can combining olive leaf extract (oleuropein 20%) and ginkgo biloba be harmful?

Not known to be: While gingko may interact with certain pharmaceutical drugs, there are no known interactions between olive leaf extract and gingko and no reason to think the combination would be harmful. ...Read more