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Herbs For Acetylcholine
Life: Brain power is enhanced by exercise, reading, listening to music, yoga, being socially active and having a healthy diet. All of these are scientifically proven to have cognitive benefits. Some limited studies have linked rosemary aroma to enhanced memory but these are small and not statistically significant. Similar limited data is available for green tea, ginseng, lemon balm and multivitamins. ...Read more
Possibly: It will depend on what kind, degree of depression/anxiety you are having. If it is affecting your function and is getting worse, and not related to an obvious stressor you may want to consult your Doctor or other mental Health provider for help with an assessment. Many times supplements are not regulated and you cannot be sure what are you getting. There are other ways like relaxation techniques, ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some are: Fish is good but may contain mercury. Garlic and black tea are beneficial. Folic acid, vitamin b6, vitamin b12, vitamin c, & vitamin d have no benefit in heart disease. Vitamin e and carotene are not beneficial and some studies have found harm. The jury is out on coenzyme q10 and ginseng. The best, most consistently good, most natural remedy is regular exercise and maintaining normal body weight. ...Read more
Exercise: Is one of the best natural remedies for these neurotransmitters in a healthy person. This is different and more complicated if someone has parkinsons or other neuro diseases. However, exercise has demonstrated about the same effect in treating depression as ssri medications and should be an adjunct to anyone wanting to regulate serotonin and dopamine. Most herbals are not proven. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Eat healthy: If you are doing that, then you are doing what every one would agree is important. Most doctors would say that whatever herbal treatments claim, they are inffective but harmless for ocd. Perhaps you can find a doctor can steer you otherwise, but beware... ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Taking supplements for adrenal functions but need blood test..How long does siberian ginsing, licorice root and bovine stay in system?
Adrenal Fatigue: First off, in addition to dr. James wilson's af site, this guy has a good article on af, causes, treatment etc. http://tinyurl.com/b8x5rvr as to how long things are in the system...We look at what doc's call "half-life"..This is the time it takes to get 1/2 of it gone. They say it takes 5 half lives to totally clear it. The half lives are- sg .8-7.4 hrs lr 5 hours (what do you mean bovine?). ...Read more
Be a skeptic, not a: sucker, Walter. You can pretty much bank on it: Anything touted by health hucksters for anything will have no real evidence of effect. Common substances that improve memory & concentration are already well known, eg caffeine and nicotine. Check WebMD for updated info on what few supplements aid memory; the evidence is weak at best. Wake UP. Think like someone from our century, not the Middle Ages. ...Read more
Which is best for treating alzheimers, traditional medicines eg. Cholinesterase inhibitors or deep brain stimulation?
Near as I can tell: It's just a multivitamin and mineral supplement. But for good brain health, eating your fruit and veggies, exercise regularly, don't smoke or use drugs or alcohol, get 7-9 hours of sleep every night, and eat more fish than red meat will do the most for maintaining healthy brain function. I know it's not as cool as popping a pill but these things are what matter. ...Read more
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Milk Thistle: It may not be part of traditional chinese medicine but milk thistle is very good for the liver. ...Read more
Wake UP numilaugher!: "Natural" is nonsense. Malaria, Ebola, snake venom, toxic molds - all totally natural. Some crucial drug wisdom: If it has no reported SIDE effects, it probably has no EFFECTS, either. You can practically bank on it: What health hucksters promote as "natural" is almost certainly worthless. Leave the Middle Ages behind. Be a skeptic, not a sucker. Seek real KNOWLEDGE, not pseudoscientific claptrap ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it beneficial to take dietary supplements such as alpha lipoic acid, acetyl l-carnitine, and phosphatidylserine for parkinson's?
Yes: While more research is needed, there is a good amount of science on the benefits of each of these on neurologic function. They are certainly safe to try and if i had parkinson's i would take all of those and more. See http://www.Needs.Com/product/ndnl-0404-02/l_acetyl_l_carnitine ; http://www.Lef.Org/protocols/neurological/parkinsons_disease_03.Htm. ...Read more
Easy to tell: Chinese herbal medicines are great if there's nothing really wrong with you; in other words, for the "worried well." I'd doubt claims of their efficacy for ANYTHING, let alone ALS. "Ancient" &/or "Eastern" do NOT equal effective. More often than not, they equal "worthless." To treat headaches, they drilled holes in people's heads to let the evil spirits out. There's an "ancient" remedy for you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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