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Alternative Medicine

Jan 1, 2003 Issue
Echinacea [Article]

Echinacea is the name of a genus of native North American plants, commonly known as the purple coneflower. The most widely used herbal product in the United States is a liquid extract made from the root of Echinacea purpurea. Because the active component of the plant has not been identified, commerc...


Sep 15, 2000 Issue
Alternative Therapies: Part II. Congestive Heart Failure and Hypercholesterolemia [Article]

Natural supplements are widely used by the American public but, while claims of their therapeutic effects abound, medical research does not always support their effectiveness. Clinical trials using Q10 for the management of congestive heart failure have had conflicting results; hawthorn is prescribe...


Sep 1, 2000 Issue
Alternative Therapies: Part 1. Depresssion, Diabetes, Obesity [Article]

Natural supplements are widely used in the United States and, while claims of their therapeutic effects abound, medical research does not always support their effectiveness. St. John's wort acts as a weak selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor with fewer side effects. S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe) has...


Mar 1, 1999 Issue
Herbal Remedies: Adverse Effects and Drug Interactions [Article]

A growing number of Americans are using herbal products for preventive and therapeutic purposes. The manufacturers of these products are not required to submit proof of safety and efficacy to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before marketing. For this reason, the adverse effects and drug intera...


Oct 1, 1998 Issue
Herbal 'Health' Products: What Family Physicians Need to Know [Article]

Patients who self-medicate with herbs for preventive and therapeutic purposes may assume that these products are safe because they are "natural," but some products cause adverse effects or have the potential to interact with prescription medications. The United States lacks a regulatory system for h...


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