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Doctor insights on: Vitex Angus Castus

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Could vitex black cohosh or dong quai regulate periods?

Could vitex black cohosh or dong quai regulate periods?

Not likely: Neither of these is likely to provide much help with cycle regulation. In fact dong quai can cause blood thinning making periods even worse. ...Read more

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Which is better? Soy isoflavones or agnus castus?

Depends: Say isoflavones and agnus castus are used by herbalists for different things. To answer the question, I would need to know what you plan to use them for. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What is dong quai for?

What is dong quai for?

Dong quai: Dong quai (Chinese angelica) has been used to assist women with a variety of conditions to include PMS, menstrual cramps, pelvic pain, anemia related to menses, etc. ...Read more

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On Prozac&vyvanse and want to know if I can take supp evening primrose ginkgo biloba fish oil acidophilus L-arginine ginseng damiana gotu kola gre tea?

On Prozac&vyvanse and want to know if I can take supp evening primrose ginkgo biloba fish oil acidophilus L-arginine ginseng damiana gotu kola gre tea?

Why????: None of the things you mention are of the slightest benefit for anything. They are sold by com men to suckers in order to cheat them out of their money. If you want a placebo I suggest a roll of Necco wafers. Some are worse than others. Put them all in a bag and take them to show your DR. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take vitex / chaste tree berry during the 1st trimester of pregnancy??

Is it okay to take vitex / chaste tree berry during the 1st trimester of pregnancy??

Unknown: There is not enough scientific evidence to recommend someone take Chaste Tree Berry during pregnancy. Typically it is best to avoid unproven herbal remedies in pregnancy ...Read more

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Is surgical abortion safe after taking dong quai and black cohosh?

Is surgical abortion safe after taking dong quai and black cohosh?

Unknown: Because the effects of these herbals are not fully understood, you would be best to wait a week before having any elective procedure to allow any effects to clear from your system. ...Read more

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Ginkgo biloba (ginkgolic acid), what are the benefits?

Ginkgo biloba (ginkgolic acid), what are the benefits?

Tricky: since recent studies say that nearly all ginko supplements may have many things in them, but ginko is almost never one of them. In theory it has some anti-platelet action and some ability to increase the neurotransmitter that is low in Alzheimers. But it doesn't bring back brain, so, VERY LIMITED role in dementia and that's it. Assuming you actually have it. ...Read more

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Can vitex (chasteberry) improve pcos symptoms and regulate menses?

Can vitex (chasteberry) improve pcos symptoms and regulate menses?

Not much: Vitex has been used in greece for many years, but there is no scientific data to establish it's reliability. Diet, exercise and weight loss can help. Metformin is a more scientific and well studied option. It can help noralize menses and even induce fertility in many women, discuss w/your ob/gyn. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more

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Are red raspberry leaf and/or red clover blossom effective for pcos?

Are red raspberry leaf and/or red clover blossom effective for pcos?

No: They do not alter the disease at all; if they make you feel better, i doubt there's any harm in taking them. ...Read more

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Does this affect my Skyla at all? Natural Change Blend SP-7D (red clover black cohosh pomegranate red raspberry wild yam fenugreek seed butternut fennel)

Does this affect my Skyla at all? Natural Change Blend SP-7D (red clover black cohosh pomegranate red raspberry wild yam fenugreek seed butternut fennel)

Probably not.: Although it sounds as though it probably would not affect it, nutritional supplements are not tested or overseen by any regulatory agency, so it is impossible to know for sure what you're getting. You should discuss any potential interactions with your OB/GYN. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Benefits of aphrodisiac yohimbine bark?

Benefits of aphrodisiac yohimbine bark?

Yes/No: Placebo effect is powerful.If the person believes in the substance:it will work.There is no proven(trials) effect.We used it a lot before the pde5 rx's(viagra, levitra&cialis) with little sucess in men.Less in women.I've said before on this site the "sex organ" is between the ears. ...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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Are these herbs safe to take while breastfeeding cassia angustifolia dry leaf, crataegus pinnatifida fruit, alisma orientale tuber, plantago asiatica?

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

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Can any of these supplements help me to ovulate after being off Depo-Provera provera (last shot 8-2-11)? Angelica sinensis, glycyrrhiza uralensis, viburnum opulus, folic acid (125%), apis mellifica, iron (100%), calcium (12%), rehmannia glutinosa, thyroid

Can any of these supplements help me to ovulate after being off Depo-Provera provera (last shot 8-2-11)? Angelica sinensis, glycyrrhiza uralensis, viburnum opulus, folic acid (125%), apis mellifica, iron (100%), calcium (12%), rehmannia glutinosa, thyroid

There : There is no evidence that any of these supplements can stimulate ovulation. There are no studies that demonstrate that these will help. Most women who go off depo do start ovulating in the next few months. Try staying in bed for 15 minutes after intercourse with your knees up, and be sure you have optimal nutrition. If you don't get pregnant in the next several months then consulting a gynecologist would be reasonable. ...Read more

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Can plexus slim be taken w seaweed nazacort echinachea opc grapeseed garlic Lipitor (atorvastatin) ginger omeprazole fish oil acetyllcartinine & glucosaminecondroit?

Can plexus slim be taken w seaweed nazacort echinachea opc grapeseed garlic Lipitor (atorvastatin) ginger omeprazole fish oil acetyllcartinine & glucosaminecondroit?

Probably: One of the problems with many supplements is that there is little research on safety and effectiveness. Plexus slim has many ingredients; I have reviewed them ; they are all safe and have no known interactions with the things you are taking. However, avoid plexus slim accelerator- it is hazardous! i believe anyone on Lipitor (atorvastatin) should take coq10. See http://bit.Ly/1jjpcpg ; http://bit.Ly/1era8lt. ...Read more

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