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Herbs That Are Liver Tonics Galactagogues
Milk Thistle: It may not be part of traditional chinese medicine but milk thistle is very good for the liver. ...Read more
This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more
Coumadin (warfarin) and BCP: Alfalfa contains large amounts of vitamin k which is used to help make clots. Coumadin (warfarin) is used to slow blood clotting. Alfalfa may decrease the effectiveness of coumadin (warfarin). Some birth control pills contain estrogen and taking alfalfa with them might decrease the effectiveness of the birth control pills- use a condom. ...Read more
Maybe: It has been suggested that lycopene found in tomatoes and in OTC supplements may be beneficial. First thing you should do is have your family physician do a digital rectal prostate exam to make sure your prostate feels normal. Stay away from advertised "medications" that sound too good to be true. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are there natural sources of Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitors? I've read pomegranate, milk thistle and turmeric are? True?
Verify your sources: Sadly, despite a huge level of interest in the medicinal properties of foods, or maybe because of it, there is an enormous amount of false, half true, or exaggerated information on the internet. In regards to CAI in Pomegranate, I found a review article in an Iranian pharmacy journal that cited 2 chemistry review articles, neither of which makes any mention of Pomegranate whatsoever. ...Read more
With regards to valerian and kava kava, which both theoretically cause liver damage. Are there any supplements that aren't harmful to the liver?
Unfortunately, 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). Herbal supplements have not been shown to prevent or treat gallstones. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not that are proven: None that have been shown to be helpful in randomized trials. ...Read more
Yes: Every person is an individual & nothing works for everyone, but Vitex is safe & often very helpful- see http://natural-fertility-info.Com/vitex Make sure you don't need thyroid. Consider rhodiola, a herb that often helps. Consider seeing an acupuncturist who specializes in fertility for individualized treatment. Make sure your partner doesn't have problems with sperm quantity/quality. Good luck! ...Read more
Why: Going somewhere. I mean, really. Now that i have your attention, can we talk? If there truly is concern : your pediatrician should know tomorrow, contact the la leche society-french for the smartest, caringest, breast milk gals a person could want. ...Read more
Low fat diet: No achohol, sylimarol.Get a more detailed answer ›
Maybe (not) . . .: Check out http://www.Med.Nyu.Edu/content?Chunkiid=21536 for info on asian/korean vs american vs siberian ginseng. It's a nice review of current knowledge (w/journal references) of which a few small studies suggest possible benefit in erectile dysfunction (about 1/3 down page). Quality ; quantity will affect individual benefit, if any. Your mileage may vary. Be sure to chat w/your family doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stay healthy: A healthy diet, limiting caffeine and alcohol, avoid tobacco, moderate exercise, and staying healthy promote natural fertility. Herbs, otc drugs, diets, vitamins, supplements, and tricks - natural or otherwise - to 'make you fertile' don't work and can be dangerous. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are these herbs safe to take while breastfeeding cassia angustifolia dry leaf, crataegus pinnatifida fruit, alisma orientale tuber, plantago asiatica?
Keep it simple: I don't know for sure, but i'd avoid teas with several herbs, just to be on the safe side. Decaf green tea, or fruit teas, or rosehips are flavorful and safe. ...Read more