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Is senna leaf tea safe?

Is senna leaf tea safe?

Laxative Tea: Senna tea should not be used by pregnant women. It should not be used longer than 7 days. Prolonged used may cause liver problems. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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Can I combine St. Johns Wort tea and Rhodiola Rosea?

Can I combine St. Johns Wort tea and Rhodiola Rosea?

Not advisable: St John's Wort is a flowering plant of the species Hypericum perforatum. It contains a substance that acts like an SSRI, similar to Prozac or Zoloft (sertraline). SJW has the same problems that all herbal or "natural" compounds have - the concentration of the active ingredient is unknown, and such compounds are often heavily contaminated with aspirin-like compounds, or worse (e.g., heavy metals). ...Read more

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Is it safe to mix St. john's wort herbal supplements and anti-depressants?

Is it safe to mix St. john's wort herbal supplements and anti-depressants?

St. John's wort: I would not recommend it, especially if the antidepressant boosts Serotonin, such as SSRI or SNRI. ...Read more

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Do any of these ease ADHD? I currently take adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) - Green tea rhodiola rosea ginseng tyrosine 5-Htp Probiotics Saffron SAMe St John's Wort

Do any of these ease ADHD? I currently take adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) - 
Green tea
rhodiola rosea
ginseng 
tyrosine
5-Htp 
Probiotics
Saffron
SAMe
St John's Wort

Sounds like your: mind is racing like a machine gun through all these stimulating supplements that will not relax you, until you understand what is important with ADHD. What activity eases your mind? Meditation? Walking? Contemplation? Do more of these things, rather than ingest more supplements initially. See if these alone can help your mind from racing through thoughts. Then, when you add one thing at a time. ...Read more

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Could school allow herbal supplements like st john's wort?

Could school allow herbal supplements like st john's wort?

I would: inquire from the school in question. I suspect that different schools have different policies. Take care. ...Read more

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Can the medicine st johns wort work?

Can the medicine st johns wort work?

St. John's Wort: St. John's wort is a botanical medicine which has been used extensively in germany and other european countries for depression and anxiety, and studied & used in the us as well. Multiple studies and meta-analyses indicate it's as effective as tricyclic antidepressants and serotonin reuptake inhibitors in the short-term management of mild-moderate depression. However, not for more severe cases. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take ginseng, vit d, k, calcium + capsicum supplements and cinnamon, dandelion, green, rosehip, chamomile and peppermint teas together?

Is it safe to take ginseng, vit d, k, calcium + capsicum supplements and cinnamon, dandelion, green, rosehip, chamomile and peppermint teas together?

Who knows?: Why would anyone have ever scientifically studied such a combination? Do so, as with all otc supplements, at your own risk. The only one that has been scientifically studied and has actual medical benefits without significant risks is the vitamin d. Calcium can't hurt. The rest are a waste of money and possibly health. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or internet scams. ...Read more

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Can I use st johns wort instead of antidepressants?

Can I use st johns wort instead of antidepressants?

St John's wort: "A 2009 systematic review of 29 international studies suggested that St. John’s wort may be better than a placebo (an inactive substance that appears identical to the study substance) and as effective as standard prescription antidepressants for major depression of mild to moderate severity." REF: https://nccih.nih.gov/health/stjohnswort/sjw-and-depression.htm. However, many studies are from ...Read more

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I've read that st. John's wort + omeprazole reduces effectiveness of st. John's worth. Does taking 5htp and omeprazol decrease effectiveness of 5htp?

I've read that st. John's wort + omeprazole reduces effectiveness of st. John's worth. Does taking 5htp and omeprazol decrease effectiveness of 5htp?

Not quite: St. Johns wort induces the liver cytochrome enzymes that metabolize Omeprazole -- cyp 3a4 and 2c19. This decreases the effectiveness of omeprazole. It sounds like you were thinking this is the other way 'round? Checking a couple of resources, i could not find evidence for any similar issue with 5htp and omeprazole. St. John's wort can induce metabolism of Omeprazole & many other medications. ...Read more

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Could st john's wort interact with fermented food like cheese?

Could st john's wort interact with fermented food like cheese?

No: The monoamine oxidase inhibitors do interact with those sharp cheeses, but the alkaloids in Saint John's wort do not. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take st. John's wort and valerian root together?

Is it safe to take st. John's wort and valerian root together?

Drugs.com says using: St. John's wort together with valerian root, though they are both natural, may cause dizziness, drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, or some impairment in thinking and judgment. Avoid or limit use of alcohol while being treated with these. Avoid driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how they affect you. It is important to discuss with your doctor. Best regards. ...Read more

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Can st. John's wort work for depression?

Can st. John's wort work for depression?

It can: St. John's wort can work for more mild to moderate depression. For severe depression, medication and therapy work best. Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting the supplement as it may interact with other medications. ...Read more

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Can I safely combine st. johns wort and ginkgo biloba?

Used for two differ: ent things. St. Johns Wort is a mild antidepressant and works to calm the nervous system, whereas ginkgo biloba is a mental stimulant. So you wouldn't want to use both together or it may negate each others effects. Speak to your doctor to determine which one you may need now to help with symptoms that are more prevalent. Do you want to be more anxious, or more calm? Two different feelings. ...Read more

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Is there any interactions by taking both St. John wort & L-Theanine ?

Is there any interactions by taking both St. John wort & L-Theanine ?

No: This should be fine, and many herbal formulations for mood contain both, and more. ...Read more

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