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Doctor insights on: Herbs Medicines

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Are herbal medicines effective?

Are herbal medicines effective?

Mostly not: Few herbal medications have ever been clinically tested. The FDA does not evaluate herbal medication. The companies that make them have few internal controls and according to Consumer Reports, the contents of the bottle frequently bear little resemblance to the quantities listed on the bottles. Most of these products are harmless; few have any effectiveness. ...Read more

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Can homeopathy medicine control bp?

Can homeopathy medicine control bp?

Yes, esp. combined..: Homeopathy can help most health problems, including hypertension, but will work far better combined with diet & lifestyle changes. And "help" is a key word- it often helps but is not always a cure. Treatment is highly individualized. An excellent article that discusses homeopathy for BP in context is: http://www.Alive.Com/articles/view/20015/take_the_pressure_off_hypertension_with_homeopathy. ...Read more

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Are all herbal remedies safe?

Are all herbal remedies safe?

No: Are all medicines safe? Remember that nightshade is a herb, so too is oleander both are very poisonous. ...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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Are chinese herbs effective for treating Parkinson's disease?

Are chinese herbs effective for treating Parkinson's disease?

In some cases: Dopamine is the necessary element in parkinson patients. Unfortunately our digestive tract metabolize it, that is why most herbs containind Dopamine don't actually work well. ...Read more

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Are there any benefits to chinese herbal medicine?

Yes: Both Western medications & Traditional Chinese Medicines can be beneficial. You must be cautious about what you use however. I try to be aware if I am taking a TCM medication that utilizes a rare or endangered species (like rhino horn or rare sea horses). Sometimes can contain contaminants (such as mercury in shark). ...Read more

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Can chinese herbs cure syringomyelia?

Can chinese herbs cure syringomyelia?

No data: To my knowledge, there is no studied herbs that help for syringomyelia. In fact, there are no medications in general that help for syringomyelia. ...Read more

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Are homeopathic medicines effective for weight reduction?

Are homeopathic medicines effective for weight reduction?

Homeopathy & weight: There is no specific homeopathy remedy for weight reduction, because remedies are directed more to internal imbalance in the patient who's suffering symptoms rather than the pathologic condition s/he has. Still, i've seen patients treated homeopathically who became much healthier -- and in that process changed lifestyle enough to lose weight. Prescribed correctly, these medicines are powerful. ...Read more

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Are natural supplements effective?

Are natural supplements effective?

Not necessarily: Supplements do not offer benefits if you don't have a deficiency or a symptom. Taking them in general is discouraged without first consulting with doctor. See september 2012 issue of consumer reports for dangers of taking supplements including those called "natural.". ...Read more

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Can herbs interact with simvastin?

Can herbs interact with simvastin?

Statins. & Herbs: Yes. Avoid Chaparral, Chinese Skullcap, St. John's Wart can all increase the risk of side effects from the statins, especially muscle breakdown. ...Read more

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What herbal medicines can enlarge breasts naturally?

What herbal medicines can enlarge breasts naturally?

Effects unknown? : Any herbal supplements possesing estrogen like properties have the potential to promote breast growth. For example marijuana is known to stimulate the growth of breasts in men. Similarly. Excessive intake of certain herbs may also simulate estrogen like side effects. However the potential for stimulating breast cancer growth and other side effects is unknown. ...Read more

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Are expired medications effective?

Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more

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What are some herbalteas and herbal medications?

What are some herbalteas and herbal medications?

THOUSANDS!!!: Herbs as been used medicinally for thousands of years and modern research confirms they have powerful healing properties. Some of the herbs i recommend most often are ashwagandha, holy basil, ginger, turmeric, garlic, aloe, rhodiola, pelargonium sidoides, frankincense, milk thistle and saw palmetto. See http://www.Drweil.Com/drw/u/art00469/herbal-botanical-medicine-dr-weils-wellness-therapies.Html. ...Read more

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Are homeopathic medicines safe to take with regular western pain medications?

Yes: Homeopathic products are placebos and will not interact with western medications. You can take them safely but why would you? ...Read more

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Are dietary supplements effective?

Are dietary supplements effective?

For what use?: This one can't really be answered well without knowing what's going on with you, or what you hope to gain. Some dietary supplements are very safe and effective for certain conditions, and some are not. I'm sorry that i can't be more helpful, but your question is too broad for me. ...Read more

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Are Tulsi and Raspberry Leaf effective remedies to cure hyperthyroidism?

Are Tulsi and Raspberry Leaf effective remedies to cure hyperthyroidism?

No......: but let's even assume they are, the thyroid has to be closely regulated--neither too much nor too little. You'd still need bloodwork, monitoring, figuring out why hyperthyroid, etc. Modern medicine supplanted plants because it is simpler and reliable. ...Read more

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Could caffeine react with homeopathic medicines?

Could caffeine react with homeopathic medicines?

No: Coffee -- not caffeine -- can sometimes affect people's reactions to homeopathic medicines. Responding to homeopathic medicines depends on the person's innate restorative mechanisms. Some people's systems are very sensitive to coffee, which can disrupt their natural responses to correctly prescribed homeopathic remedies. It's the coffee bean -- not the caffeine -- causing the challenge here. ...Read more