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Dr. Randy Baker
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Herbal Supplements (Overview)

Herbal supplements are botanicals used to treat health conditions or to maintain health.


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What are herbal supplements that help with anxiety? Tried kavakava but not much help. 5htp was helpful but my dr says he doesn't endorse it

What are herbal supplements that help with anxiety? Tried kavakava but not much help. 5htp was helpful but my dr says he doesn't endorse it

Many options: You can take 5-htp even if your doc does not "endorse" it! many herbs help, including tulsi (holy basil), ashwagandha, rhodiola, valerian & passionflower. Magnesium & b vitamins often help, as can l-theanine. Homeopathy & bach flowers can help. Exercise & meditation help too. Counseling, talking with friends & family & a self-treatment called emotional freedom technique can also help. See comment:. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Herbal Supplements (Overview)

Herbal supplements are botanicals used to treat health conditions or to maintain health.


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How can I take herbal supplements safely?

How can I take herbal supplements safely?

By being careful: If you are taking any medicines, you need to check with your doctor before beginning supplements. Don't over do. More is not necessarily better, and is sometimes distinctly worse. On the other hand, taking too little is often worthless and ineffective. Use a reputable, good quality supplement, and follow the dosing directions exactly. ...Read more

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Please describe a good herbal supplement to help relive stress and anxiety?

Please describe a good herbal supplement to help relive stress and anxiety?

Many good options: Many supplements help anxiety, including herbs like tulsi (holy basil), valerian, passionflower & ashwagandha, Amino Acids like theanine & tryptophan, b vitamins, inositol & magnesium. Also consider meditation, exercise, counseling, acupuncture & homeopathy. Make sure you get enough rest & a healthy diet.Consider eft (see eftuniverse.Com). A holistic doctor can help guide you in these treatments. ...Read more

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Are there any herbal supplements which can help to control high blood pressure with regular medication prescribed by doctor?

Are there any herbal supplements which can help to control high blood pressure with regular medication prescribed by doctor?

It depends...: Studies have shown that both garlic and pomegranate extract have the ability to lower blood pressure. However there is a chance that they can interact with BP medication and other medications. The most common interaction is duplicating the BP lowing effects of the medication and causing the BP to be too low. It is important to consult with your physician before taking any herbal supplements. ...Read more

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Can I use herbal supplements to self-treat diphtheria?

Can I use herbal supplements to self-treat diphtheria?

NO: If you already know the cause of your infection is diphtheria. You are already seeing a doctor. This can be a serious infection. You may need very strong antibiotics to treat this. Continue the treatments prescribed by your doctor. ...Read more

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What herbal supplements work good for male to female transformation?

What herbal supplements work good for male to female transformation?

You need an REI Dr.: You need to go see a reproductive endocrinologist - one that works with transgender. A lot goes into the process and it cannot be done with supplements alone. There are great meds to make the transition easier and more successful. You may want to start here: http://t-vox.Org/index.Php?Title=talk:endocrinologists&action=edit&redlink=1. ...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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Are there safe herbal supplements that can boost my immune system and prevent parasitic infections?

Are there safe herbal supplements that can boost my immune system and prevent parasitic infections?

No magic pill: Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to "boost their immune system". There is no such pill. However, there is a way to boost your immune system, live a healthy lifestyle. Proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and good immune health. Supplements should be used selectively to supplement a healthy diet. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more