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To what extent are herbal medications safe as compared to prescription drugs?

To what extent are herbal medications safe as compared to prescription drugs?

Safer, but. . .: Generally speaking herbals are much safer than pharmaceuticals, however certain herbs, just like drugs if taken in too high of a dose, too frequently or in the context of a specific medical condition can cause much harm. It is best to seek the advise of a trained herbalist in conjunction with your medical doctor particularly if you have an established medical condition. ...Read more

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What are the best sources of information about herbal drugs?

What are the best sources of information about herbal drugs?

Internet Sites: Herbs. Com- herbalremedies. Com- herbalmedicine at medlineplus-holisticonline. Com. ...Read more

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Is there any books or websites, we can find the drugs or medicines derived from natural or herbal sources?

Is there any books or websites, we can find the drugs or medicines derived from natural or herbal sources?

Probably thousands!: There are hundreds or thousands of books ; websites on natural medicine. Among the best books are the encyclopedia of natural medicine by michael murray nd, encyclopedia of herbal medicine by andrew chevallier ; medical herbalism by david hoffman. For websites see http://www. Anniesremedy. Com/chart. Php ; http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/herbalmedicine. Html
see comment for more information:. ...Read more

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Does herbal drug cause side effects?

Yes they can...: Herbal drugs are not harmless like people commonly think. Most of them can cause side effects and also interact with other medications or foods as any other drug could. If you are planning on starting one please always consult with your doctor first. ...Read more

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What are the best herbal drug information sites?

What are the best herbal drug information sites?

The best:: Http://nccam. Nih. Gov/
the national institutes of medicine center for complementary and alternative medicine has science based information - your tax dollars support it so please do use it! It's free. You can read the articles and/or search for specific drugs. ...Read more

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What herbal drugs can neutralize the effect of toxin of staphylococcus aureaus?

What herbal drugs can neutralize the effect of toxin of staphylococcus aureaus?

None: There are no "neutralizing" herbals that have any proven activity. Toxin suppression for proven staph infections that require it can be accomplished with Clindamycin or linezolid. ...Read more

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Do any herbal drugs shrink prostate enlargement?

Do any herbal drugs shrink prostate enlargement?

None proven: Saw palmetto may make you feel better but has not been showed to shrink the prostate. The group of medical drugs called 5-alpha-reuductase inhibitors (avodart, proscar) are medically proven to shrink the prostate. ...Read more

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Can there be any efficacious herbal medicine to cure TB than medical drugs?

Can there be any efficacious herbal medicine to cure TB than medical drugs?

No: If you have active tuberculosis please don't put yourself or others at risk. It is imperative that you strictly follow medical treatment protocol. ...Read more

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Does anyone know of a drug interaction checker that checks herbal supplements also?

Does anyone know of a drug interaction checker that checks herbal supplements also?

Several: There are now several online databases that include herbs when checking for drug interactions. However, not all possible interactions are known. A good place to start is http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/drug-information/drugherbindex
another useful resource is http://www. Drugs. Com/drug_interactions. Html which, while more focused on drug-drug interactions includes many herbs in its database. ...Read more

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How to make multiple superficial face ulcers heals face, what are the best drugs for this situation and does mebo herbal ointment worth for that? Thanks

How to make multiple superficial face ulcers heals face, what are the best drugs for this situation and does mebo herbal ointment worth for that? Thanks

No: See a dermatologist. Mebo is for suckers. Stop wasting time and money. You need to define the cause of the "ulcers" and treat according to this. Might be impetigo but an exam is needed. ...Read more

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Which herbal supplements cause false positive on a urine drug test?

Which herbal supplements cause false positive on a urine drug test?

I think NONE: I am not aware of any herbal supplement that consistently causes a positive urine drug tests.
Even poppy seeds which used to have false positives for morphine, do not typically find this now, because of the cut off levels. ...Read more

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How can allergies be treated with natural herbal remedies instead of with drugs?

How can allergies be treated with natural herbal remedies instead of with drugs?

Be careful: Most mds choose to use pharmaceutical drugs knowing these agents have been tested & their side-effects, interactions and benefits recorded. They also know the source of the drug & can rely on its purity & dosage. This is often less true with herbal remedies; that's why physicians are wary of them. Use the same degree of objective scrutiny with herbs as you do with standard drugs before deciding. ...Read more

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R there any drugs for severe m.E? (i dislike drugs but uk nhs won't prescribe nutritiional/herbal/acupuncture type trtmnt on long tern basis. Only drug

R there any drugs for severe m.E? (i dislike drugs but uk nhs won't prescribe nutritiional/herbal/acupuncture type trtmnt on long tern basis. Only drug

Not exactly but: M.E. Is a diagnosis of exclusion. My experience is that most with it actually have chronic lyme with co-infections (but drugs are of limited help for that). Also, many are hypothyroid- even if their TSH is "normal" so thyroid hormone can help quite a bit. Many have intestinal parasites- not always easily diagnosed- many drugs can help these, but so can natural things like papaya seeds. See comment:. ...Read more

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Work overloaded not sleeping well wife took me to ER vs my gp they gave me lorazapam. Why would they prescibe such a potent drug vs a herbal etc.

Work overloaded not sleeping well wife took me to ER vs my gp they gave me lorazapam. Why would they prescibe such a potent drug vs a herbal etc.

Family Medicine: This is the very reason so many in medicine are frustrated today. There was nothing in your history that required an emergency room. Your history is exactly why one has a family doctor. You need to have a relationship with your physician. They get to know you best. They can offer you options for treating your problems. Always start with your family doctor. I think you should get to them soon. ...Read more

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Is it true that herbal treatment can replace traditional drugs for heart failure?

Is it true that herbal treatment can replace traditional drugs for heart failure?

No and yes: One of the most important drugs used for a long time was digitalis and digoxin. They are derived from the foxglove plant. A number of cancer drugs are derived from plants too. ...Read more

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Can you rec some vitamins and herbal supplements or OTC drugs that can help kick heroine addiction?

Can you rec some vitamins and herbal supplements or OTC drugs that can help kick heroine addiction?

There aren't any: The chances of an individual kicking on one's own is very, very low. Opioid withdrawal results in widespread pain, chills, aches/pains, diarrhea and vomiting, as well as anxiety and insomnia. It is usually too severe by day 2-3 for people to stand it, and they use again. Some meds can help a little (tylenol, motrin, pepto bismol) but real help means a doctor helping you. Please get into treatment. ...Read more

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My daughter 27 years of age taking myclonic epilepsy drugs for last 17 years but no improvement kindly tell me some herbal treatment?

My daughter 27 years of age taking myclonic epilepsy drugs for last 17 years but no improvement kindly tell me some herbal treatment?

Sorry, no such Rx: There are no "herbal" or otc agents which work for what seems possibly to be juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. Not clear why she is not responding, but the best drugs are Depakote and keppra (levetiracetam). However, could also consider vagal nerve stimulator implantation. Suggest you get consultation from an epileptologist at a nearby medical school. ...Read more

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I went to a pharmacy to get treated of gonorrhea and the pharmacist directed me to go for herbal treatment rather. That thr is no good drugs for it?

I went to a pharmacy to get treated of gonorrhea and the pharmacist directed me to go for herbal treatment rather. That thr is no good drugs for it?

Gonorrhea Treatment: In the summer of 2012, the CDC updated the guidelines again - recommending that all gonorrhea cases be treated with injectable, rather than oral, antibiotics.

If a pharmacist sent you to the herbal section rather than referring you to be tested by a physician or clinic, then they ought to be reported. That is horrifying to me. I do hope you misunderstood. ...Read more

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I smoked hash about 7 days ago and on my drug screen it comes out that I have failed on opium and meth. Is this normal? I have been drinking water for the past 3 days, and I even bought q-carbo herbal clean, I don't know if this works or not.

I smoked hash about 7 days ago and on my drug screen it comes out that I have failed on opium and meth. Is this normal? I have been drinking water for the past 3 days, and I even bought q-carbo herbal clean, I don't know if this works or not.

Normal??????: If you are smoking hash while knowing you are having drug testing, then you are in more trouble than you know. Firstly, you don't know what stuff is cut with, and it may have been cut with opioids or amphetamines (i assume you mean methamphetamine and not methadone). None of the so-called detox products work, and neither does drinking lots of water. You need to get help for your drug problem. ...Read more

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Have a 17-year-old taking Bactrim sulfamethoxazole tmp wondering if there will be any drug interaction if she takes an herbal allergy pill that I got at the health food center that has vitamin A, C, pantothenic acid, calcium, zinc, quercetin, n-acety

Have a 17-year-old taking Bactrim sulfamethoxazole tmp wondering if there will be any drug interaction if she takes an herbal allergy pill that I got at the health food center that has vitamin A, C, pantothenic acid, calcium, zinc, quercetin, n-acety

Probably OK, but...: I doubt there is any serious potential for an adverse interaction. However, one of the problems with "natural" medicines, herbal products, and nutritional supplements, etc is that their exact contents often are unknown, And even when known, there is little research on interations with other drugs. So hard to be certain -- but probably no problem. ...Read more

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What are some herbalteas and herbal medications?

What are some herbalteas and herbal medications?

THOUSANDS!!!: Herbs as been used medicinally for thousands of years and modern research confirms they have powerful healing properties. Some of the herbs I recommend most often are ashwagandha, holy basil, ginger, turmeric, garlic, aloe, rhodiola, pelargonium sidoides, frankincense, milk thistle and saw palmetto. See
http://www. Drweil. Com/drw/u/art00469/herbal-botanical-medicine-dr-weils-wellness-therapies. Html. ...Read more

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What are the five most popular herbal medications?

What are the five most popular herbal medications?

Hmmmm. . . .: It depends on where you ask, who's using them, and for what purpose. But I think st. John's wort would have to be on the list; black cohosh; gingko; echinacea; and either saw palmetto or milk thistle. Am I close? :-). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: herbal medications?

Plant medications: Although many medications come form plants like Aspirin and digtalis, herbal medications are made from plant parts with medicinal properties and not processed to contain just a single
component. Many have been developed in traditional cultures and have recently been found to have active healing elements that are comparable to prescription drugs. There is variability in potency and purity. ...Read more

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Are there any herbal medications that are dangerous to take while in flight?

Are there any herbal medications that are dangerous to take while in flight?

Blood thickeners: One precaution while flying is to avoid deep vein thrombosis which is more likely if you have a tendency to form clots more easily. That said, I am unaware of any herbal medication that does this. ...Read more

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I've been trying to loss weight now for 5yrs I've tried everything from gym, medication, herbal, teas... Ect nothing seems to work. Help!

I've been trying to loss weight now for 5yrs I've tried everything from gym, medication, herbal, teas... Ect nothing seems to work. Help!

Nutrition & exercise: First, go see your family doc. Make sure your thyroid is normal. In fact, make sure you're otherwise healthy. Then focus on nutrition (and exercise). Not sure what medications you've tried in australia but no studies show herbs & teas to be useful in weight loss. Healthy nutrition eg mediterranean diet or something similar in reasonable serving sizes is key along w/regular exercise. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hi docs, would my medications weaken the effect of herbal teas?

Some teas can: Weaken the effects of certain medications. Depends on the specific tea and the specific medication. ...Read more

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There any herbal medication for hypertension?

There any herbal medication for hypertension?

Many herbs can help: Many herbs that have been proven to lower blood pressure, including hawthorne berries, garlic,
polygonum cuspidatum (japanese knotweed, which has resveratrol), coleus forskohlii, chocolate, reishi & maitake mushrooms. However, each may only lower it a few points but can have combined benefits. Other useful measures include diets rich in fruits & vegetables, coq10, magnesium, exercise & meditation. ...Read more

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Are there any substitute herbal medication for hypertension?

Are there any substitute herbal medication for hypertension?

Not really: Most herbals are mild versions of the perscription treatment. Herbals are not regulated. Contrary to common beliefs herbals do have side effects and can interact with other meds. Make sure you tell your doctor if your on an herbal. I know it sounds better to most of us to be on an herbal rather than a perscription but would you eat mold for your strep throat or use penicillin? ...Read more