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What is herbalism?

Herbalism: or herbal medicine is medicinal use of plants. ...Read more

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Herbal supiment for hotflashes?

Herbal supiment for hotflashes?

Black cohosh: You may try black cohosh and/ or soy protein. You might also like to read other doctor's answers regarding menopause and its possible treatments by typing in the word "menopause" in the "ask the doctor" box on your home page. There have been helpful hints from other doctors already, which you might also like to read. ...Read more

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Are herbal medicines effective?

Are herbal medicines effective?

Mostly not: Few herbal medications have ever been clinically tested. The FDA does not evaluate herbal medication. The companies that make them have few internal controls and according to Consumer Reports, the contents of the bottle frequently bear little resemblance to the quantities listed on the bottles. Most of these products are harmless; few have any effectiveness. ...Read more

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Is herbal life products healthy?

Is herbal life products healthy?

DIfficult question: Herbalife offers expensive over the counter food and supplement products that are advertised to promote weight loss. There were concerns that some of the herbal ingredients may be associated with liver damage, but this link has not been proven. There is no evidence i'm aware of for health benefits - although it may be possible to lose weight by following their dietary plan. ...Read more

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Is ginger a herbal medicinal cure?

Is ginger a herbal medicinal cure?

Ginger: Yes, ginger can help with several conditions -- including painful menstruation, morning sickness, vertigo, osteoarthritis, and postoperative nausea and vomiting. People sometimes also use it for motion sickness, but it may not always help with that. It may have an anti-inflammatory effect. Fresh ginger extract may have blood pressure-lowering effects, according to some small studies. ...Read more

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Do those herbal drinks really work?

???: What herbal drinks? Do they work for what? Coffee and tea are herbal drinks. Yerba matte is an herbal drink. What are you asking about? ...Read more

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Are herbal product companies ripping us off?

Are herbal product companies ripping us off?

No: Consumers have a choice whether or not to purchase a particular herbal product. We should educate ourselves on the evidence of their benefits prior to purchasing them for a particular purpose. The product companies will be biased in the reporting benefits for a host of conditions but we have to use our own knowledge to determine the validity of their claims. The fda also plays a role. ...Read more