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Can the medicines for the cold help immune system?

Can the medicines for the cold help immune system?

No: Meds used for relief of common cold symptoms are usually geared to either decongest, loosen or mobilize mucus or dry secretions associated with the symptoms associated with the common cold. Immune modulators (medications that either stimulate or suppress an arm of the immune system) are not the properties of the OTC cold remedies. ...Read more

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Can antidepressant drugs really cure depression ... How much a degree of 10 can you give for antidepressant drugs as an effective treatment ?

Can antidepressant drugs really cure depression ... How much a degree of 10 can you give for antidepressant drugs as an effective treatment ?

From a Ph.D.'s POV: I'd think more of 'resolve' and manage than cure, but drugs do seem helpful for more severe cases especially in combo with coordinated CBT therapy. That's where you can learn skills to use throughout your life. Rating scales don't work for this - what you invest will make it successful. If it's mild to moderate - therapy and you together can avoid side effects or, at least minimize doses. ...Read more

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What herbal supplements or treatments for irritability, anger and anxiety actually work?

What herbal supplements or treatments for irritability, anger and anxiety actually work?

Address it directly: These need to be worked through rather than trying to quiet the symptoms with a supplement. If these are problematic for you, seeking professional help is more likely to make a real change for the better (rather than the bandaid'ing approach). Take care. ...Read more

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Best medication or other treatment for asthma exacerbation in adults?

Best medication or other treatment for asthma exacerbation in adults?

Depends: Its tough to say with knowing your history. However, typically, asthma exacerbations are treated by increasing the frequency of rescue medications either by inhaler or nebulizer. Depending on dose, you inhaled steroid my be increased. Oral steroids are very common practice. If the exacerbation is really bad, you may need to be hospitalized and placed on heliox. ...Read more

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Can you use holistic/alternative medicine to support the immune system during chemotherapy?

Can you use holistic/alternative medicine to support the immune system during chemotherapy?

Controversial: This is controversial amongst some oncologists, as they want to be sure chemotherapy has the best possible chance to work. For instance, some are concerned that antioxidant vitamins can compromise the oxidizing effects of chemotherapy on the cancer. Some cancer centers are integrating naturopathic and/or holistic physicians on staff, who can help the patient without harming the treatment. ...Read more

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Is homeopayhic medication effevtive against allergies regarding recurremt cold and cough?

Is homeopayhic medication effevtive against allergies regarding recurremt cold and cough?

Not usually: There is no scientific proof that they do work but if they work for you, I have no problem with it. This is not to say that herbal medicine has no role it is just that the basis of homeopathic medicine is that even trace quantity (often unmeasurable) of the purported active ingredient would control disease. ...Read more

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What herbal medicine is suggested to increase cd-4cells and decrease viral load for HIV patients?

What herbal medicine is suggested to increase cd-4cells and decrease viral load for HIV patients?

None: There are no herbal medicines that have ever been shown to have these effects. People tried them all in the 80's and early 90's, before we had good HIV treatment. They didn't work, and many people died. ...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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What is the best treatment for hyperthyroidism, particularly for autoimmune thyroiditis unresponsive to drug therapy?

What is the best treatment for hyperthyroidism, particularly for autoimmune thyroiditis unresponsive to drug therapy?

Furhter eval: Hashi and most autoimmune illnesses stem from undiagnosed food allergens or environmental toxins stored in the body. Go to a4m.Com and use doctor locator function to find a local functional medicine doc to help you order specialized testing for gut like genova cdsa as well as metametrix igg food allergen testing to discover real cause. If not "fixed" other autoimmune illnesses will be in upcoming! ...Read more

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Can I take effective herbal therapies to treat a legionnaires' disease?

Not recommended: While herbal therapies can be effective for a number of conditions, legionnaires' disease can cause a life-threatening pneumonia due to the bacteria, legionella. Treatment with antibiotics usually cures the disease. If you have pontiac fever, (legionella infection without pneumonia) antibiotics are often not necessary and the disease resolves spontaneously. ...Read more

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What herbal remedies and supplements for allergic rhinitis actually work?

What herbal remedies and supplements for allergic rhinitis actually work?

Good Question: Oil of oregano capsule, butterbur, steam inhalation with ponaris nasal oil, saffaron in milk, and rub on nose tip vit c. In health store called sinus clear does wonders. ...Read more

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Do medicine used to treat cold and flu duch as xylometazoline, neutralize the effect of prostate medications.

Do medicine used to treat cold and flu  duch as xylometazoline, neutralize the effect of prostate medications.

YES: Many decongestants can cause bladder neck tightness and counteract prostate medications. Talk to your doctor to see if it is safe to stop the decong. Or change to one with less side effects. ...Read more

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What is the best alternative therapy for hiv/aids to boost body immunity?

What is the best alternative therapy for hiv/aids to boost body immunity?

As an adjunct: I would not look to alternative medicine as a solo treatment for the treatment of hiv/aids. Western treatments are clearly superior. However, with that said, acupuncture can be used successfully to boost immunity and one's reserves (using major energy moving treatments). ...Read more

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Can a patient using revolade for curing itp can start other medications like Ayurvedic or homeopathic side by side?

Can a patient using revolade for curing itp can start other medications like Ayurvedic or homeopathic side by side?

Only after: discussing it with your doctor. May medications, including alternative medicine drugs, may interact with each other and with allopathic drugs. Do not start these medications without consulting with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there any herbal medications in tablet form for insomnia that actually work. and which will help anxiety too. ?

Is there any herbal medications in tablet form for insomnia that actually work.  and which will help anxiety too. ?

Yes, but capsules: By asking about tablet form I'm guessing you want a pill as opposed to a tea or tincture but herbs are more likely to be in capsules than tablets. Many herbs are well-known to help insomnia & anxiety, including Valerian, Passion Flower, Hops, California Poppy, Chamomile, Ashwagandha, Magnolia Bark & Holy Basil. See http://ybertaud9.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/herbs-and-natural-remedies-for-insomnia/ ...Read more

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Which homeopathic medicines can be used to treatment neurological disease and disorder?

Which homeopathic medicines can be used to treatment neurological disease and disorder?

Huge category: There are many neurological diseases and disorders, and homeopathy can be helpful in many of them. In my practice, i also recommend collaborating with a conventionally practicing neurologist and/or psychiatrist -- depending on the type of problem. Also you need a very well-trained, experienced classical (single remedy) homeopath. Find homeopathic physicians: http://homeopathyusa.Org/. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for dry cough caused by allergic laryngitis in elderly taking antihypertensive medication ?

What is the best treatment for dry cough caused by allergic laryngitis in elderly taking antihypertensive medication ?

Dry cough: in an elderly taking antihypertensive medications: first-off, it might be due to the antihypertensive drug itself if it is from some group like ACE inhibitors. Second, you need to see a doctor for several reasons for dry cough, local or systemic, best wishes ...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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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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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'm just wondering, if you went to a osteopath would they use herbal medicines as part of their treatment?

I'm just wondering, if you went to a osteopath would they use herbal medicines as part of their treatment?

Maybe: It depends on the specialty of the physican and her/his specific practice when it comes to herbal remedies. ...Read more

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What is herbal treatment for fibromyalga?

What is herbal treatment for fibromyalga?

Use a combination!: I would suggest a combination of vits, mineral, herbal and trace elements along with wellness, aerobic, heat as in soaking and yoga. Reflexology and related options. Acupressure. Use self-trigger point release or acupuncture. ...Read more

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Is herbal treatment helpful for sinusitus ?

Is herbal treatment helpful for sinusitus ?

Good for anything?: What most people with serious illnesses get from herbal medicines is worse! why would anyone spend money on unproven herbal preparations about which they know nothing. There have been numerous reports of people becoming critically ill when the stuff they were taking proved to be toxic. Go see a doctor. ...Read more

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What is the best herbal treatment for SIBO ?

What is the best herbal treatment for SIBO ?

SIBO, documented?: Treatment is often offered empirically when sibo (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) is suspected. However symptoms recur when the antibiotics are gone. Is this due to underlying ibs, regrowth of bacteria (or resistant ones!), parasites, altered GI transit, or something else? Bifidobacter-containing probiotics may reduce gassiness, a xifaxan (rifaximin) trial may help, but evaluation is best pursued now. ...Read more

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Are there any effective herbal treatment for cataplexy?

Are there any effective herbal treatment for cataplexy?

No: Cataplexy is tougher to treat than the narcolepsy daytime treatment, and, so far, xyrem seems to be the best approach, although some patients respond to nuvigil, pro vigil, or ritalin (methylphenidate). There is no known otc treatment so far. ...Read more

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Could you recommend a herbal/ayurvedic treatment for recurring cough?

Persistent cough: Persistent coughs may be from acid reflux. It is often silent other than the cough. You can try raising the head of the bed at night, and reducing acid causing foods. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is there any good effective herbal treatment for getting a glowy skin?

Is there any good effective herbal treatment for  getting a glowy skin?

Exercise!: Regular exercise (30-40 minutes 3-4 times a week) is excellent for the skin as well as the rest of your body. ...Read more

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What are best alternative treatment options for cylindrical bronchieactasis, such as herbal or others?

What are best alternative treatment options for cylindrical bronchieactasis, such as herbal or others?

Anatomical diagnosis: Hi. Cylindrical bronchiectasis is an anatomical description not reflective of underlying pathophysiology. Any one herbal is as good as any other, since they're ALL worthless. Good luck! ...Read more

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Growth plate injury herbal treatment?

Growth plate injury herbal treatment?

There are none: There are no that help none that I know of. ...Read more

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Can you recommend a good herbal treatment for insomnia?

Can you recommend a good herbal treatment for insomnia?

Risks and benefits: It is important to start w/ medical evaluation. Otc, herbal, and nonprescription remedies are not entirely benign and most have warnings about drug interactions, and more than short term use. Cognitive-behavioral therapy with relaxation training and sleep hygiene has been found to be more effective than meds: http://cpancf.Com/articles_files/psychotherapeuticotcherbalinsomniatreatments.Asp. ...Read more

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Is there a herbal treatment for hydrocele? I really do not want surgery.

Is there a herbal treatment for hydrocele? I really do not want surgery.

Sorry there isn't: No herbal or medication treatment. Hyrdocele fluid can be aspirated with a needle ; sclerosant such as tetracycline injected into hydrocele space, but results are unreliable, hydrocele more often than not recurs ; there is risk of infection. Surgery is the bay to go. ...Read more

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Herbal treatment to increase female sex drive?

Herbal treatment to increase female sex drive?

None proven: Unfortunately, there are no peer-reviewed trials supporting use of any herbs or supplements to increase libido or sex drive in either women or men. Pharmaceutical companies are looking at various forms of testosterone for women but are currently stymied by side effects (which can be mitigated by adjusting doses). Compounding pharmacies can formulate something just for you (under md/do supervision). ...Read more

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Will herbal treatment still work on depression?

Will herbal treatment still work on depression?

Not the best: St. John's wort is the only studied herbal treatment for mild depression. No other herbal or supplemental medication has shown efficacy. Of course, st. John's wort has its own issues in that it lowers the levels of certain medications and dosingnp is three times a day. Antidepressants and therapy have greater efficacy. ...Read more

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Is there a site that has herbal liver cancer treatment?

Is there a site that has herbal liver cancer treatment?

No evidence of: Effectiveness. I do not know if there is a site, however, there is no evidence that herbal treatment has any effect on liver caner. ...Read more