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Can I give herbal supplements to a transplant patient?

Can I give herbal supplements to a transplant patient?

Depends on the herb: Many herbal supplements are safe for transplant patients but some are potentially dangerous. Transplant patients take drugs to prevent organ rejection & some herbs may interfere with these medicines. Herbs that stimulate the immune system may also be hazardous. It is important to check for interactions between herbs & any medicines the patient is taking.Please ask the patient's doctor.See comment:. ...Read more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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What holistic medications works for patients with hepatitis C besides sylimarin milk thistle?

What holistic medications works for patients with hepatitis C besides sylimarin milk thistle?

Good question: Essential sugars( ambertose ) lymphotonic 2 every 2 hrs for 1 week, juice of one ghia ( doodhi or green gourd, get in indian store) every day for one year, radish juice every day , no alcohol , drink alkaline water read water alkalizer.Com. ...Read more

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Can a cancer patient use herbal life shakes for nutrition?

Can a cancer patient use herbal life shakes for nutrition?

Jest eat normal food: Normal healthy food is the best. This should include low fat foods of Plant origin. Animal meats are harmful. Fruits, veggies and grains are healthy for human consumption. Plant nuts are also good for your health. ...Read more

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Can a cancer patient use herbal life shakes ?

Can a cancer patient use herbal life shakes ?

Yes you can: But herbal life shakes are not likely to help you in controlling the cancer. tell us about your cancer...what type and stage is it? Are you taking conventional treatment or not? ...Read more

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What herbal supplements must one avoid taking after a liver transplant?

What herbal supplements must one avoid taking after a liver transplant?

Why take a chance?: You are one of a privileged few --don't blow it! for whatever reason you required a transplant, the new liver you received is fragile. Any new drug or medical problem, no matter how seeming minor, can lead to its rejection. Talk to your liver transplant coordinator, your surgeon, your medical team, your primary care physician with any questions about your health care, symptoms, medications. ...Read more

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What are the dietary guidelines for post liver transplant patients?

What are the dietary guidelines for post liver transplant patients?

Moderation: A generally healthy diet is most important. Unless a specific genetic disease is present, most recipients should try to follow an overall moderate diet that is not typically american and not too rich in carbohydrates and fats. But with a new, healthy liver, there are no specific restrictions. ...Read more

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Has anyone any effective nutritional support dietary supplement for acne?

Has anyone any effective nutritional support dietary supplement for acne?

Not really: Good nutrition is good for the whole body including the largest organ, the skin. As some have mentioned mega doses of vitamin b5 have been shown over a fairly long period of time to have a small benefit but not without other side effects. ...Read more

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Can kidney transplant patients use hgh?

Can kidney transplant patients use hgh?

Risks involved: Thank you for your question. All medications can affect how your transplant medications work. Kidney rejection due to not enough medication is possible. Alternatively severe infection or kidney injury from too much medication is also possible. Higher blood pressure is often seen with hormone therapy and that too may cause your transplant kidney to incur damage. Close monitoring would be needed. ...Read more

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Do liver transplant patients livelong?

Do  liver transplant patients livelong?

They can: After the first year they do well. Much longer than w liver disease. ...Read more

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Can glaucoma patient use l-arginine supplementation?

Can glaucoma patient use l-arginine supplementation?

Uncertain benefit: I found this from the Cleveland clinic: "Arginine is made by the body, supplementation is sometimes required. Arginine is a precursor of nitric oxide, which causes vasodilation (blood vessel relaxation). Laboratory evidence suggests that arginine may be useful in the treatment of medical conditions that are improved by vasodilation, including glaucoma." You should also discuss this with your MD. ...Read more

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What risks are involved in taking blood thinning herbal supplements before surgery?

What risks are involved in taking blood thinning herbal supplements before surgery?

Bleeding.....: Do not know what blood thinning supplements you are describing, and depends on what surgery is being performed. But the risks of taking any blood thinners before surgery, can be bleeding, bruising, infection, poor healing or scarring, etc. Be very sure you discuss all of your medications with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Can herbal supplements be used to self-treat hepatitis c?

Can herbal supplements be used to self-treat hepatitis c?

Yes: While herbs can offer some liver protection, we have not discovered the herbal combination that cures hepatitis c. Herbs like silimarin have some antioxidant and liver protective properties. ...Read more

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Can homeopathy bring additional benefits to thalassemic patients on hydrea (hydroxyurea)?

Can homeopathy bring additional benefits to thalassemic patients on hydrea (hydroxyurea)?

No: Truly homeopathic "medications" are made by repeated dilutions, so that the ingredient is not really in the medication anymore (just the "essence" of it remains). That means there is no active ingredient left to cause any benefit. However, that also implies that the homeopathic "medicine" should be pretty harmless, unless some other non-homeopathic ingredients were added. ...Read more

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Can chronic kidney failure patient take juice plus supplement?

Can chronic kidney failure patient take juice plus supplement?

Not known: There are many brands of supplements, most of them will not have been tested for safety and efficacy. Please review the use of all of your medications and supplements with your physician. ...Read more

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Rasberry ketones safe for pacemaker patient?

Rasberry ketones safe for pacemaker patient?

raspberry ketone: Read this wiki: there's no evidence this stuff does any good.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/raspberry_ketone. ...Read more

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Can CKD stage 3/4 patients take herbal diuretics?

Can CKD stage 3/4 patients take herbal diuretics?

Herbal products: Hi. Herbal products are for the "worried well", healthy people who obsess about their health. For them, herbals are fine as long as they do no harm. You, on the other hand, have real disease. Since you're taking insulin, I assume your CKD is diabetic nephropathy. Control your diabetes and blood pressure aggressively. Take real medicine for real disease. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can I give herbal supplements to a transplant patient?

Depends on the herb: Many herbal supplements are safe for transplant patients but some are potentially dangerous. Transplant patients take drugs to prevent organ rejection & some herbs may interfere with these medicines. Herbs that stimulate the immune system may also be hazardous. It is important to check for interactions between herbs & any medicines the patient is taking.Please ask the patient's doctor.See comment:. ...Read more

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What herbal supplements must one avoid taking after a liver transplant?

Why take a chance?: You are one of a privileged few --don't blow it! for whatever reason you required a transplant, the new liver you received is fragile. Any new drug or medical problem, no matter how seeming minor, can lead to its rejection. Talk to your liver transplant coordinator, your surgeon, your medical team, your primary care physician with any questions about your health care, symptoms, medications. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take herbal supplements after having a liver transplant?

Is it safe to take herbal supplements after having a liver transplant?

Some herbs unsafe: The big concern here is that many herbs can interact with the pharmaceuticals used to prevent rejection. Certain herbs are known to be hazardous, but some may be safe. At websites like drugs.Com you can assess known interactions between any meds you are on and herbs. But some herbs, like milk thistle, may reduce toxicity of these meds and thus be ok. See my comment for more info. ...Read more

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Do herbal supplements really work?

Do herbal supplements really work?

Purity is a problem: Up to 40% of supplements are not what they appear to be. They may contain impurities, contaminants or unlisted ingredients. In addition, the dosage may not be standardized. A few companies have their supplements and global sources independently tested ensuring a quality product. The german commission e provides reliable information about a variety of herbal treatments. ...Read more

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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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Are any herbal supplements tested by the government?

Are any herbal supplements tested by the government?

No: The federal drug administration (fda) does not test drugs or supplements. The fda evaluates research studies on medications to make sure they are effective and safe. Supplements are regulated under a separate law and don't have to be shown to be effective, but the manufacturers can't make claims about how they affect health. ...Read more

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What foods should I avoid when taking herbal supplements?

What foods should I avoid when taking herbal supplements?

Herbal supplements: I would need to know what herbal supplements you are taking. I would suggest that you only take herbal supplements that are pharmaceutical grade! Otherwise you have know idea what per cent of the label is in the supplement you are taking. ...Read more

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What herbal supplements increases semen?

What herbal supplements increases semen?

No aware of any: Why would your want to increase semen? If you are healthy, live a healthy lifestyle and practice safe sex, you should have all the semen produced that is necessary for normal funtion. Semen is a collective volume of testicular contribution, prostatic contribution and seminal vessicle contribution and perhaps a miniscule amount from other sources. It is what is is unless you have a specific illn. ...Read more

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Should i put my herbal supplements in the refrigerator?

Should i put my herbal supplements in the refrigerator?

Need specifics: You should be able to google optimum handling for each specific supplement on line. ...Read more

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Are there herbal supplements that can improve dysphagia?

Are there herbal supplements that can improve dysphagia?

No: See your gastroenterologist if you are having painful swallowing or any trouble swallowing. ...Read more

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Can herbal supplements ease pinworm symptoms?

Sure: The only symptoms caused by pinworms is rectal itching; so there are plenty of otc treatments to relieve this. Pinworms are typically asymptomatic and harmless. The medicine to rid pinworms is easy and relatively non-toxic so i would do it to rid the pinworms. You would also need to wash linens, small clothes and household to prevent reinfection. ...Read more

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Can we really need all these vitamin and herbal supplements?

Can we really need all these vitamin and herbal supplements?

Depends: I usually like to test for levels before telling people they need to take a vitamin. Sometimes guesswork can be used, but i tend not to prefer the 'toss them all in and see what sticks' approach. ...Read more

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Can herbal supplements treat depression?

Can herbal supplements treat depression?

Yes: The most widely used & researched herb for depression is st. John's wort. The cochrane review of 29 research studies found it to work as well as pharmaceuticals with less side effects. It may be less effective in severe depression, but so are pharmaceuticals. See www.Sciencedaily.Com/releases/2008/10/081007192435.Htm. Another herb that often helps is rhodiola rosea. Please see comment for more:. ...Read more

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What herbal supplements can reduce bone loss?

None: There are no herbal supplements approved for the prevention or treatment of bone loss (osteopenia/osteoporosis). It's a well known fact that bone loss usually occurs in postmenopause. Although, there are some natural estrogen preparations available, none of them have been shown to help restore bone strength. ...Read more

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Why is horse hair used in herbal supplements?

Why is horse hair used in herbal supplements?

Horse Hair?: I'm not aware of horse hair in herbal supplements, but there is one called horsetail (equisetum arvense). It's used in europe as an oral diuretic for the treatment of edema -- also used in some cosmetics and shampoos. It also contains silicon, which plays a role in bone development. Studies have shown that horsetail may increase bone mineralization as well as enhance calcium deposition in bone. ...Read more

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Can herbal supplements be used to self-treat hiv?

Can herbal supplements be used to self-treat hiv?

No: There are thousands of supplements advertised to do all sorts of magical remedies. Very few supplements have real research studies to show benefits (but manufacturers make claims, based on theories, animal tests, testimonials, chemical similarities, etc... But not on real research because real research is hard to do and is expensive to do). Supplements have not been shown to prevent or treat hiv. ...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


Dr. Amy Friedman
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Transplantation (Definition)

Transplantation is the process of transplanting organs from a donor to a recipient and includes surgery ...Read more