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What herbs are poisonous?

Herb toxicity: List is too long to be covered in 400 characters or less. See: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~amybrown/PotentiallyHarmfulHerbList%20-%20Table.pdf ...Read more

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Are there any natural super-foods or super-herbs?

Are there any natural super-foods or super-herbs?

For what?: There are many nutritious foods. Some of them have been touted lately as being "super foods" for a variety of reasons, and some of those are herbs. The truth is, lots of different foods are very high in nutrients, and thus have been labelled "super." i think most whole, organic fruits and vegetables are likely to fall on someone's "super" list. ...Read more

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What is the herb kratom like?

What is the herb kratom like?

Can only tell you: that I have treated 4 people who used kratom, two just to see what it did (opiate like/stimulant effects) and two who were using it to get off oxycodone/heroin. All 4 could not stop using kratom and had withdrawal when they tried. All of them were helped with tapering doses of Suboxone and strongly advised anyone NOT to try it. This is a limited experience, but it clearly is no wonder drug. ...Read more

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How can I use medicinal herbs?

Many ways: You can use many different herbs to treat many different problems. ...Read more

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An herb to rid bodies of fluid?

An herb to rid bodies of fluid?

Herbals: Many herbals are touted as 'natural' and may make you urinate more with little if any scientific evidence of true diuretic effects. And if you're aiming for long-term weight loss, they probably won't help. It's important to talk to your doctor about possible causes of water retention and interaction with other medications before trying to treat yourself. ...Read more

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What kind of plant/herb is boneset?

Boneset: Eupatorium perfoliatum is also called Thoroughwort. It was used medicinally by the American Indians. ...Read more

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What herbs should I avoid on valium?

What herbs should I avoid on valium?

Use care: Kava kava, valerian sometimes associated with lemon balm, st john's wort and others are frequently used for effects similar to diazepam (valium) - use care, consultation with your doctor whenever adding supplements to you self management. ...Read more

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Which herbs can help to cure rosacea?

Which herbs can help to cure rosacea?

Rosacea: Some people with rosacea report that horse-chestnut cream or-rose-wax cream is helpful. Either of these products can be applied to the affected areas twice a day. ...Read more

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Is it safe to consume herbs uncooked?

That depends....: ....On the herb. If you eat a salad containing things like lettuce and celery, you are eating uncooked herbs. Clearly, that's not only safe, but healthy. There are, however, many herbaceous plants that are not only not safe, but could be potentially fatal if you eat them. Common examples are rhubarb leaves, bleeding hearts, lily of the valley, and larkspur. If you're not sure, don't eat it. ...Read more

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