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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Herbal Medications (Overview)

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.


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What herbal medications or ingredients mess with birth control?

What herbal medications or ingredients mess with birth control?

St. John's Wort ;: The only herb known to interfere with birth control is st. John's wort. Large doses of vit. C can increase side effects but not reduce effectiveness. Certain pharmaceuticals also interfere including antibiotics and seizure medications. See http://www.Mckinley.Illinois.Edu/handouts/pill_interactions_drugs.Html. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Herbal Medications (Overview)

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.


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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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Dr. Tracy Berg Dr. Berg
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Managing High Cholesterol (Tip)

Managing High Cholesterol

Get on cholesterol medication, and continue to eat lower fat foods. Do both. ...See more

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What are some effective herbal medications for insomnia?

What are some effective herbal medications for insomnia?

A FEW: There are some herbal remedies with varying success. Valerian, chamomile, and melatonin. Are the most common.Also over the counter is benadryl (diphenhydramine). Remember though that herbal is still medicinal and must be taken with caution as there can still be side effects and risks. ...Read more

Dr. Tom Heston Dr. Heston
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Managing High Cholesterol (Tip)

Managing High Cholesterol

Myth: over-the-counter supplements are safer than prescription medications. ...See more

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My nose is always itching and I do have sinus. I've been trying different herbal medications but nothing seems to work.

My nose is always itching and I do have sinus. I've been trying different herbal medications but nothing seems to work.

Antihistamines: A trial of over-the-counter antihistamines might help if the itching and sinus symptoms are due to allergic rhinitis. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Tom Heston Dr. Heston
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Managing High Cholesterol (Tip)

Managing High Cholesterol

Do know your cholesterol level, and don't avoid medications if diet and exercise don't work. ...See 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