How come your answer to almost every question people
submit to you is: "Buy our information package"?
Michael Mangold, MD <email@example.com>
Kenosha, WI USA
Great question! Thanks for asking
it! Firstly, you'll notice that we do offer more information in
our responses than simply directing people to our Information Packet
Series. This forum is not intended to tell people what they should
or should not take. As is stated above, we are not health care practitioners,
and the information provided is not intended to diagnose, treat,
prevent or cure any health or disease conditions. What we are is
educators, and this forum is intended to guide people towards the
information they seek so that they may be better informed when making
decisions for their own personal health care.
So, why do we recommend our Information
Packets? Our packets contain much more detailed information than
we can provide in a forum such as this. We spend a lot of time compiling
the information found in the packets to make them as thorough, concise,
and helpful as possible. Basically, in making these packets we have
done the work for you: we have collected and sorted out the most
reliable information we can find from the many resources available
to us as an educational library, and have put this information together
to save you hours of searching through books, magazines, journals,
newsletters, and internet sites. As a nonprofit organization, we
subsist on the sales of our information packets and other services,
and on memberships. These packets are our most popular service,
and the sale of these packets and other services helps us continue
the important work we do here at HRF.
What is a good herbal remedy for migraines? I am
a migraine sufferer and I get them quite often. Thank you.
shannon ross <firstname.lastname@example.org>
glendora, ca USA - Thursday, March 13, 2003 at 13:48:45 (PST)
There has been quite a bit of research done
on the use of Feverfew
(Tanacetum parthenium) for migraines.
If the migraines seem to occur prior to or during menstruation,
it may also be helpful to consider hormonal balancing herbs for
relief as well. One herb researched for regulating menstrual hormones
We do offer packets on Headaches/Migraines,
Women's Herbs and Menstruation.
Hello, Where can I locate Equisetum Concentrate.
I was told it came from France but cannot locate it there. Thank
you, Sidney Blomquist
Sidney Blomquist <email@example.com>
Sedona, AZ USA - Thursday, March 13, 2003 at 09:46:28 (PST)
you are looking for Equisetum arvense - Horsetail? It is
also known by the common name "shavegrass". Most natural
foods stores that carry herbal supplements carry horsetail. You
can also try contacting the companies on the following page of our
We also offer a information packet on horsetail.
Hi! My name is Mark Ferguson. I'm 44, 6'3", 201 lbs.
I'm in decent physical shape. Unfortuntately I developed an earache
in February. A doctor prescribed Zithromax and Clarinex. They seemed
to neutralize the problem for a little while but really did n't
solve it. I still have some phlegm in my right ear. I've used a
vibrator and a heating pad which loosens up the congestion but I
wake up and my ear is still clogged. When it is unclogged I can
hear pretty well but it doesn't stay that way. What herbs or treatments
can I use to clear up my ear? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Mark Ferguson Garden Grove, CA
Garden Grove, CA USA - Friday, March 07, 2003 at 18:15:26 (PST)
There is an earache oil that is often
recommended for children, but can be helpful for anyone. It can
be made simply at home by heating a clove of garlic and a teaspoon
of dried mullein leaf in a little olive oil (about 1/3 cup). Allow
the oil to cool so that it is warm, not hot. Strain out the garlic
and mullein. Insert a few drops (2-3) into the ear with a dropper
while lying on your side (or have someone do it for you). A cotton
ball will help keep the oil in the ear.
I am a 30yo female with thinning hair and I have
heard so many different things about hairloss and what can help.
I know nothing has proven to regrow hair except Rogain and that
is even minimal. But I have also been told that some herbs may help
hair growth or slow the loss down. Would you have any recommendations
for what may help hair growth or slow hairloss down in any way?
Thanks so much!
marcia m <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Wednesday, March 05, 2003 at 20:36:22 (PST)
Saw palmetto, an herb
that has great research in the treatment of prostate problems, may
also have some use in hair loss by blocking dht. Further research
is needed in this area, but it is considered a very safe herb. Nettle
has also been used traditionally as a topical preparation to help
stimulate hair growth. We do have a very informative packet on Hair/Baldness.
Please click the link for more information.
Are there herbs that decrease your appetite/desire
Englewood, NJ USA - Saturday, March 01, 2003 at 09:08:03 (PST)
The herb Garcinia cambogia
(Malabar tamarind) has shown some appetite suppressing activity
in preliminary studies. You can read more about this herb in our
detailed information packet on weight
I am using an herbal snuff which is tobacco free
instead of using Skoal. I have read that it contains Guarana. Is
this one of the herbs made from MaHuang or does it contain Ephedra?
I am concerns what kind of affects this could have on my liver and
kidneys. Thank you. Thomas Tilton
Thomas Tilton <email@example.com>
Brooktondale, NY USA - Monday, February 24, 2003 at 15:10:22 (PST)
Guarana (Paullinia cupana)
is not the same herb as Ephedra. Guarana is a mild stimulant
with a chemical composition like caffeine. It is likely included
in this blend to simulate the sensations caused by nicotine. We
do offer informaiton packets on both guarana
a SEARCH ability for your Q & A's would be most helpful.
Having spent the better part of an hour scrolling through, I donot
find my question. For a person needing surgery & general anesthesia,
which commonly used herbs should be avoided? (for causing increased
risk of hemmorhage or other untoward results). Thankyou for your
Judith Rausch <firstname.lastname@example.org>
florence, al USA - Monday, February 24, 2003 at 07:24:41 (PST)
We have recently categorized our archives
to make them easier to search. We have answered this question before,
but since it is common, I will post another answer here. It is recommended
that you advise your doctor of all medications (prescription and
over-the-counter) and supplements (herbs, vitamins, and minerals)
you are currently taking. It is best to err on the side of caution
and stop taking supplements for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery.
There are several herbs and foods that are known to have blood-thinning
actions and are best avoided prior to surgery to help avoid complications.
These include, but are not limited to: ginkgo, alfalfa, dong quai,
garlic, ginger, and vitamin E. We do offer a useful packet on herbs
For the last month and a half both my children (ages
2 and 6) have been ill with either the flu or bad colds consistently.
My husband and I rely on Echineacia to not get sick, feel better
and fight most illnesses we get. My question is... Is Echineacia
safe to give to children? What ages and what dosage?
Deanna Noble <email@example.com>
Park City, UT USA - Wednesday, February 12, 2003 at 12:13:17 (PST)
Yes, Echinacea is both safe and useful
for supporting the immune systems of children as well as adults.
Some companies offer non-alcoholic extracts of echinacea especially
for children, with age appropriate dosages listed on the label.
For other useful remedies, see our packet on Herbs
I am a "healthy" 62 yr young female registered nurse.
I work 7, 12 hour shifts in a row then am off for 6 days. I was
raised by one of the "fathers" of alternative health and still do
as much as I can to stay away from alopathic meds. I have restless
leg syndrome which seems to have started in my early 20s but was
sporatic then. For at least the last 20 years the condition has
been steady and worsening. I have tried kava-kava, valerian (significantly
worse with that), melatonin and Ben and Jerry's ice cream. The last
seems to work best. I do get some relief from a hot tub or hot shower
when at home. I currently am taking Mirapex and clonazapine. I would
love to take neither, I have been tested several times for any significant
etiology, all negative. The restless legs appear to be idiopathic
and somewhat familial. I basically have much much more energy than
any of my younger co-workers or my younger husband. Problem is.
as I mentioned, the restless legs are getting worse and the medication
is randomly helping. I have been doing some "homework" and I am
thinking I should try Cat's Claw, Passion Flower and/or Poppy. What
do you think. Should I start out with one herb at a time or just
bomb myself. I have never used "drugs" but seem to need higher doses
than the normal person for sedation, when taken orally. I would
love any suggestions and or corrections. I might add that I do drink
1/2 to 1 cup coffee a day but was off it for several months without
any difference. I am also very physically active with my normal
daily activities or walk a few miles after work. The effects of
activitiy also are random. Thanks ever so much for your input.
sioux t rogers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
applegate, or USA - Thursday, January 02, 2003 at 19:36:50 (PST)
We have been receiving quite a few
questions on this mysterious syndrome as of late. Unfortunately,
there is no research on herbs specific to this condition to date.
One approach that may be helpful is to nourish the nervous system
with gentle herbal nerve tonics like skullcap and oatseed. Essential
Fatty Acids (EFA's) have shown some effectiveness
in certain neurological conditions like diabetic neuropathy and
ADD/ADHD, and may also be helpful. Passion
flower, California poppy, chamomile, and catnip might also be considered
helpful as gentle relaxants. For overall support, adaptogenic herbs
like ashwaghanda, schizandra, reishi and shiitake mushrooms, and
Siberian ginseng might also prove helpful. We offer a packet on
Herbs that you may find helpful. But by all means,
keep using the Ben & Jerry's too if it helps! :)
I have Angular Cheilitis.It causes cracks in the
corners of the mouth and is also called Candidiasis..Oral kind..I
am wondering if something in my stomach, bacteria etc, could be
the cause..Have had bouts of very loose and watery bowl movements..Is
there anything I can use to kill the bacteria or fungal activity
that might be going on in my sytem? Thanks for any advise..
Kathy Morgan <email@example.com>
woodville, tx USA - Wednesday, December 25, 2002 at 14:35:04 (PST)
Candidiasis is caused by an overgrowth
of yeast called candida which live in the mucous membranes of our
bodies. One way to help achieve a proper balance is to eat foods
with live active cultures like yogurt and cottage cheese, and also
by taking pro-biotic supplements that contain live acidophilus and
bifidus organisms. Getting candida under control also involves making
some dietary changes, which are outlined in our information packet
along with herbs that may be helpful in treating this condition.
I have had arthritis for 8 years, this time year
my inflamation is very bad. I have heard a herb called Tumeric can
you tell me anything about this herb?
Mayfield , oh USA - Thursday, December 19, 2002 at 12:08:55 (PST)
(Curcuma longa) has been shown in research studies to be
an effective anti-imflammatory and antioxidant agent. It has also
been shown to be effective in the lowering of cholesterol. It is
considred a safe herb and is commonly found in curry recipes. See
our information packets
for more detailed information on this herb and others that are useful
by clicking on the links.
Is there a herb that will help remove excess body
water without the side effects of medications? I take a water pill
but it is not healthy and i am looking for a herb that will do the
job. My friend is taking so many water pills it is affecting his
health. He would benefit from a herb as well. Your help would be
appreciated. Thanks Tom Ray - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Ray <email@example.com>
Houston, Tx USA - Thursday, December 19, 2002 at 06:45:05 (PST)
It is important to identify the cause of the water retention. Serious
conditions like diabetes and congestive heart failure should be
explored, since they both can cause water retention. Long term use
of any diuretic substance can be harmful to the bladder and kidneys.
One way to rid the body of excess water is to make sure you consume
enough fluid daily. The general guideline is to drink at least 8
8-ounce glasses of water per day, more if you exercise regularly
and/or are overweight. Also, a diet low in sodium helps prevent
water retention. There are some herbs that have diuretic effects
like dandelion leaf, nettle, corn silk, and horsetail. You can read
more about these and others in our packet on the Urinary
What are the most beneficial herbs for my husband
who has been recently diagnosed with Hepatitis C and Cirrohsis?
Any pertinent information which you have will be most appreciated.
Westland, Michigan USA - Tuesday, December 17, 2002 at 04:32:20
There are several herbs that help
support liver function like milk thistle, burdock root and dandelion
root. Adaptogenic herbs like ashwagandha, schizandra, and siberian
ginseng may also be helpful. We do offer comprehensive information
packets on both Hepatitis
C and the Liver.
I have a client who is pregnant-18 wk gestation.
She is taking Dandelion and Burdock root in the form of tea for
consipation. Are these safe during pregnancy? Also she has a wart
on her hand- I read you previous Q & A's-are Thuja or the other
recommendations for topical use safe to use? Thank you, Jennifer
Jennifer Wall PHN <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Kennewick, wa USA - Wednesday, December 11, 2002 at 08:46:42 (PST)
Dandelion and burdock root have both
been used traditionally in teas for relieving constipation during
pregnancy. Small amounts of essential oils like thuja are usually
safe when used topically. It may be advisable to dilute them in
a carrier oil like almond prior to application.
Dear HRF, I have a close friend who has a stomach
problem due to the lack of enzymes in her digestive track. Every
time she eats a meal, she has an "episode". These "episodes" can
last up to an hour long. Several doctors are still pondering over
her predicament. She also is suffering from kidney failure which
I am positive doesn't make her stomach feel any better. I can't
stand to see her keeled over the toilet anymore for long periods
of time. She is my best friend, and I would do anything to help
her. What kind of herbs can I give her to make her stomach not hurt
anymore? Please, I must know, and thank you for taking time out
to read my question. Sincerely Jana
Springfield, MO USA - Tuesday, December 10, 2002 at 15:37:08 (PST)
Papaya enzymes are a chewable supplement
found in most health food stores that can assist digestion. Probiotics
like acidophilus may also be helpful. Other herbs that aid digestion
by soothing the digestive tract are chamomile, fennel, peppermint,
and ginger. For more information, see our packet on the Digestive
I have a bad case of insomnia. When I do sleep, I
have horrible nightmares. The drugs doctors give me wont work. Is
there anything you can recommend to help me sleep?
alix steel <email@example.com>
nyc, ny USA - Monday, December 02, 2002 at 17:06:51 (PST)
There are many herbs that are used
to help aid sleep and relaxation including kava, valerian, hops,
passion flower, chamomile, California poppy, and lavender. For more
information, see our packet on Insomnia.
what is the best herbal to help quit smoking
perth, wa australia - Thursday, November 28, 2002 at 23:01:20 (PST)
Smoking, like any other chemical addiction,
is difficult and complex to treat. There are psychological as well
as physiological aspects that need to be addressed in a complete
treatment program. Some herbs that are used as part of a complete
program are lobelia, kava, St. John's wort, calamus root and milk
thistle. For detailed information, please see our packet on Quitting
Hello! Im desperate for some help from your good
selves. For the last 6 months i have suffered from an increasingly
annoying hemorrhoid that just wont go away! I tried conventional
medicine with no joy and the doctors said the next step is sugery!
Not wanting to go that far i was wondering about a herbal remedy
or deterant. I have heard that both horse chestnut and calendula
are good but can you take these internally in pill form? ANy more
ideas would be a god send. Thanking you in advance Claire
Claire Derossi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
australia - Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at 20:49:31 (PST)
Both Horse Chestnut and Gotu Kola
have been used internally to help with hemorrhoids. Calendula may
also help, as it helps with lymph drainage. Additionally, witch
hazel extract may be used topically to help shrink the tissue and
reduce discomfort. Please see our informaiton packet on Hemorrhoids
for more detailed information.
I had a dream about the herb Borage and would like
to know what its qualities or applications are...in case the dream
had a message for me. Thanks
anna silver <email@example.com>
townsville, Australia - Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 14:40:12 (PDT)
Borage seed oil is useful because it contails high amount of an
essential fatty acid called GLA. It is commonly used to help with
skin conditions. It is an easy plant to grow and has lovely purple-blue
flowers. For more information, see our packet on Essential
I have a family member that has breast cancer, most
has been removed, she needs chemotherapy soon. She would like to
bulid her immunes up, are there any herbs that can help her. Thank
you you in advance for your assistance.
gloria licon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
lakewood, ca USA - Saturday, October 12, 2002 at 23:57:27 (PDT)
There are several herbs that can help
support the immune system for those who have cancer: astragalus,
reishi and shiitake mushrooms, ashwagandha, and schizandra are a
few. We also offer several packets of information on herbs for Cancer.
my husband is 55 yrs old and has an overactive libido
but the thing is that he can not reach organism for at least 35-45
mins... This is a big problem because it seems as if he is trying
to hard to reach his ejaculation. He has no problem keeping an erection,
it's just ejaculation... What herbal remedies are out there that
we can try?
yvette green <email@example.com>
saint albans, NY USA - Sunday, September 29, 2002 at 08:49:33 (PDT)
A healthy libido is a sign of good
health. An overactive libido is largely subjective, but may be associated
with anxiety, emotional problems, or imbalanced hormones. We do
offer a comprehensive packet of information on Sexual
Vitality that discusses a variety of herbal and nutritional
considerations for maintaining healthy sexual function.
I have been told that my 9 year old boy had Attention
Deficit Disorder. He doesn't have the Hyperactivity in ADHD. They
(the Dr.s) want to put him on Adderall (dextramphetamine and amphetamine).
My stomach aches just to think about having to put him on something
like this. Is there and alternative natural way to treat his symptoms?
He is a very unhappy child right now and I owe it to him to help.
Grass Valley, CA USA - Thursday, September 19, 2002 at 09:48:57
There has been some research that
indicates that Essential
along with dietary changes may be helpful for those with ADD/ADHD.
Our information packet on this subject gives much more detailed
information and dietary suggesstions.
I have very bad nails, that peel,split, and brake
very easily. I think I am lacking in something, I just don't know
what it is, that is making my nails weak like this. I was wondering
is there a herbs that I can take,to help me grow nice long nails.I
have tried all kinds of polishes and creams nothing works. Please
Robinson's, NF Canada - Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at 05:00:43
Proper diet is an important factor
in the growth of healthy nails and hair. Minerals may play a very
important role, especially silica, which is found in herbs like
horsetail and oatstraw. For more information, see our packet on
Thank you for your time. I am looking for a natural
remedy to help my 12 year old daughter get to sleep. She is awake
for hours after I put her to bed; it seems she cannot relax and
fall asleep. A friend told me she gives her same-age daughter Melatonin-1
mg. but after reading some information I do not feel comfortable
with this. I was given something at the health food store called
CALMS which contains chamomilla, passiflora, avena sativa and humulus
lupulus. I would like to know if this is a safe and/or effective
remedy to give her at bedtime. I am not well-read with herbal remedies
and need some advice. Thank you so much, Sherri Passwater
Sherri Passwater <SensorT@aol.com>
LaOtto, In USA - Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at 09:37:54 (PDT)
Some gentle herbs that may help children
sleep are chamomile, passionflower(passiflora), oatseed (avena
sativa), hops (humulus lupulus), and catnip. You may
want to look for non-alcoholic extracts of these herbs.
What does Ho Shou Wu help with?
Bellingham, WA USA - Thursday, September 05, 2002 at 10:36:54 (PDT)
Ho Shou Wu, also known as Fo Ti is
commonly used in Asia as a longevity herb and for keeping hair from
turning grey (the latter use is more folkloric). Our detailed information
packet on Fo
Ti will tell you all about this herb.
my question is , is there an herb or herb complex
to enlarge and lengthen the penis? You may think this is a prank
, but it isn't.
michael craig <firstname.lastname@example.org>
holmen, wi USA - Tuesday, September 03, 2002 at 19:43:37 (PDT)
There are no known herbs that will
promote penile growth. There are herbs that are known to increase
blood flow to the pelvic area like Yohimbe and muira pauma, but
herbs will not make the penis grow longer or bigger. We do have
a very informative packet on Sexual
Vitality that you may find helpful.
My son just had his tonsils and adnoid removed. What
can I give him to promote healing and reduce swelling? He is 4years
old. Thank you Laura
okinawa, JA Japan - Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 07:44:39 (PDT)
Some herbs that help promote tissue
healing are gotu kola, chamomile and calendula. You can make a gargle
by steeping 1 teaspoon of each dried herb in 1 cup of boiling water
for 15 minutes. Marshmallow root can be added also to soothe the
irritated tissue. Strain out the herbs and allow to cool before
gargling. You may also find our packet on Surgical
I have a couple of swollen lymphnodes that I have
had for a while now. I have been to my physician several times over
the past year regarding them and he is not concerned about then
or my health. I have read however that congested lymphnodes can
lead to cancer and other problems so I have started taking Cleavers
to help cleanse my lymphnatic system. I am wondering if it is save
to take continually until the nodes have diminished or if I should
take breaks from it. Also, I have read about Marigold (calenda?)
and it's ability to cleanse the lymphnodes, might that be better
than the Cleavers? Thanks in advance for your reply!
Worcester, ma USA - Thursday, August 22, 2002 at 15:51:18 (PDT)
Cleavers and calendula have both traditionally
been used to assist in lymph drainage. Both are considered safe
when used in reasonable amounts and can be used together. Immune
support herbs might also be helpful, since lymph drainage is part
of immune function. We do offer a packet on the Immune
System that you may find helpful.
do you no of any herbs,or any thing for treatment
of (dry eye syndrom)thanks..
charleston, wv USA - Monday, August 19, 2002 at 14:01:35 (PDT)
Herbs that contain Essential
like flax, evening primrose, and borage have been shown to help
dry conditions of the eyes and various mucus membranes in the body.
Greetings, I have had a few itchy spots just below
and above my eyelashes for years (in other words, just below the
rims of my eyes.) They usually don't get much worse (though they
can be extremely itchy and uncomfortable), but I also can't make
them go away. There is nothing to see, when you examine that area
closely. In fact a dermatologist said there was nothing there. (He's
wrong, something is clearly there.) I love using herbs for healing.
Please advise which herbs would be suitable for use around the eye?
Perhaps this problem is fungal in nature. I need something that
won't hurt the eye itself if it gets in it. Thank you very much
for your help! Regards, Laurel Emrys
Laurel Emrys <stressmastery@consultLE.com>
Dripping Springs, TX USA - Friday, August 16, 2002 at 09:17:22 (PDT)
You can make a gentle eye wash by
steeping 1 teaspoon of dried calendula, chamomile, and goldenseal
in 1 cup of water for 15 minutes. Strain out the herbs and allow
to cool before using. If the condition is fungal in nature, it may
take daily washings over an extended period of time to clear up,
as fungi can be quite persistent.
My wife has GERD, and has recently had her gall bladder
removed, are there any herbal remedies that can help her in the
control of the acid reflux problem, she is currentlt taking Prilosec.
C.J. Trudelle <email@example.com>
El Paso, TX USA - Saturday, August 10, 2002 at 21:02:43 (PDT)
Some herbs that may be helpful in soothing the digestive tract are
chamomile, fennel, peppermint, slippery elm, and marshmallow root.
You may find our packet on herbd for the Digestive
is there an herbal remedy for viginitis?
r moore <firstname.lastname@example.org>
detroit, mi. USA - Wednesday, August 07, 2002 at 18:21:34 (PDT)
Vaginitis, or irritation of the vaginal
mucosa, can have several causes. First you need to rule out sexually
transmitted diseases. Some herbs than can be applied topically to
soothe irritation are chamomile, calendula, lavender and tea tree
oil. We do have a comprehensive pack on herbs for Vaginitis
that you may find helpful.
are dizziness or headache side effects of siberian
bob taylor <email@example.com>
boston, ma USA - Wednesday, August 07, 2002 at 08:01:18 (PDT)
Siberian ginseng is mildly stimulating
and can result in insomnia, headaches, and elevated blood pressure
in sensitive individuals. This herb is generally well tolerated
by most people and has no known toxicity, but you, as a unique individual,
may be sensitive to this plant. For a detailed packet of information
ginseng, click the link.
I was wondering abouty the medicinal uses of the
herb rosemary. Or do you know any sites about rosemary?
K McBride <firstname.lastname@example.org>
New Zealand - Monday, August 05, 2002 at 01:58:27 (PDT)
Rosemary has a soothing effect on
the digestive system. It is also mildly stimulating: you can inhale
the scent of rosemary essential oil to promote alertness and rosemary
foot and hand baths can help stimulate blood flow to those areas.
Rosemary is commonly found in natural hair care products for it's
stimulating effects on the scalp and its nourishing and cleansing
effects on the hair. We do offer a packet of information on Rosemary.
My husband was injured on the job - a torn tendon
which has detached from the bone in his arm. He will be operated
on in two days. What herbs might aid in the healing of tendons as
well as from his post operative procedure
Ann Bliss <email@example.com>
Portsmouth, NH USA - Tuesday, July 30, 2002 at 20:19:52 (PDT)
Gotu kola has been shown to help promote
the healing of various tissues, including tendons. We offer packets
of information on both Gotu
Kola and Surgical
that you may find helpful.
I have a box of Ginseng liquid vials that are about
a year to a year and a half old - thereis no expiration date listed.
Can I still take the product?
LA, CA USA - Monday, July 29, 2002 at 13:05:31 (PDT)
Chances are, it has lost some potency,
but may not be harmful just because it has expired, unless it contains
rancid oils or other ingredients that might spoil. I suggest calling
the manufacturer. It is generally suggested that an expired product
My sister has dry eyes (helped by flaxseed oil) and
VERY dry mouth--she does not produce much saliva unless stimulated
by grapes or tart foods. It sounds like Sjogren's Syndrome. What
herbs or natural solutions will help stimulate salivation?
Barbara Dickey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Saturday, July 27, 2002 at 17:08:46 (PDT)
Bitter herbs like gentian, motherwort,
and hops can help stimulate appetite and salivation. The best way
to achieve this is by placing a drop or two of tincture directly
on the tongue.
is thuja used for hair removing from penis
bahawalpur, pakistan pakistan - Sunday, July 14, 2002 at 03:38:28
Essential oil of thuja has traditionally
been used for the removal of warts. I don't know of any herbs that
will remove hair.
Are there any herbal remedies that could be of assistance
to someone with hypothyroidism?
JoAnn Kerstetter <email@example.com>
Tylersville, PA USA - Thursday, July 04, 2002 at 15:58:58 (PDT)
Some herbs that may be useful in stimulating
thyroid function are kelp, fucus (bladderwrack), and guggul. I would
recommend getting our packet on Thyroid
for detailed information on this complex issue.
Are there any herbs I can take internally, or use
externally to treat toenail fungus? Thank you
shingle springs, ca USA - Thursday, June 27, 2002 at 16:28:02 (PDT)
Toenail fungus is difficult to treat.
Daily applications of tea tree oil have shown to be effective, but
this treatment takes diligence, as you may need to continue for
six months or longer.
please tell me about wild oregano and its uses.thank
thom davis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
mesa, az USA - Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at 10:27:52 (PDT)
Wild oregano (Monarda fistulosa)
is also known as bee balm and sweet leaf. It is a member of the
mint family and is high in essential oils. It grows wild all across
North America and is often cultivated
as a culinary plant having properties similar to oregano. It was
widely used by Native Americans for a variety of conditions including
upset stomach, fever, diarrhea, constipation, and sore throats,
to name a few. There is an entire chapter dedicated to this herb
in A book by Matthew Wood called The Book of Herbal Wisdom.
Hi - I'm going to test Ashwagandha & Reishi separately
for my chronic anxiety. Can I take Kava with either of them, for
short-term relief, while testing the Ashwagandha & Reishi? Thanks.
mark jackson <email@example.com>
Eugene, OR USA - Friday, June 21, 2002 at 03:19:23 (PDT)
There are no known interactions between
I have a huskie, malimute dog. For the last year
or so she has been severe dhiarrea(sp?)periodically. Thinking it
was an allergy I have changed her food numerous times, everything
will be normal for a couple months and all of a sudden there will
be a week span of her having the runs. I have heard that slippery
elm helps. Is this true? If so, how much should I give her and for
how long? Are there any other herbs I could try? Thank you- Shannon
shannon gyles <firstname.lastname@example.org>
madison, wi USA - Thursday, June 20, 2002 at 17:25:32 (PDT)
Chronic diarrhea can be dangerous
because it causes dehydration and can lead to malnutrition. It is
important to have your dog checked out by a vet to try to determine
the cause. Animals generally respond well to herbs. One remedy you
might try that is also gentle enough for children is raspberry leaf
tea. Additionally, there are two books on herbs for pets that
you may want to add to your personal library: All You Ever Wanted
to Know About Herbs for Pets by Mary Wulff-Tilford and Gregory
Tilford and Natural Remedies for Dogs and Cats by CJ Puotinen.
Thank you for this wonderful question and answer
forum. I have enjoyed reading through it. Are there herbs that increase
the production or function of platelets in our blood?
Wendy Asbell <email@example.com>
Achilles, VA USA - Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at 10:09:46 (PDT)
If you are referring to anemia, there
are several herbs that can be helpful in building the blood: dandelion,
alfalfa, nettle, and red raspberry leaf are a few. There are also
dietary considerations that can help. For more detailed information,
see our packet on Anemia.
I AM ENJOYING MY MINT PLANTS - USE THE CRUSHED LEAVES
IN MY ICE TEA. CAN YOU TELL ME ANYTHING ABOUT MINT/
HELEN RENNIE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
absecon, NJ USA - Sunday, June 16, 2002 at 12:23:57 (PDT)
I assume you are talking about either
peppermint or spearmint. There are many plants in the mint family.
Most are soothing to the digestive system and are considered cooling
and may be helpful in reducing fevers. One of the best things about
them is their great taste! Enjoy! You might want to purchase our
packet on Peppermint
for more detailed information.
I am a soapmaker and try to make my soaps as natural
as possible. My question is this I make a Green Tea soap using the
tea as my liquid and then emptying several of the tea bags and adding
them to the soap. Does this have ANY benefits for the skin. It makes
a wonderful clean smelling soap and is quite popular. Thank you
Doris Zerr <email@example.com>
Hendersonville, NC USA - Sunday, April 28, 2002 at 07:02:19 (PDT)
Sounds like a wonderful soap! The
good news is that green tea is high in antioxidants, which may be
absorbed through the skin to promote healthy skin cells.
Need information on herbs to help raspy, irritated
throat from overuse. Am a singer and often become hoarse after throat
Jack Cooney <firstname.lastname@example.org>
E. Setauket, NY USA - Sunday, April 21, 2002 at 13:58:36 (PDT)
Some soothing herbs for the throat
are slippery elm, marshmallow, chamomile, gotu kola, and bee propolis.
You can look for natural lozenges that contain some or all of these
My Mother-in-law swears that you cannot actually
eat the bay leaf in a recipe, saying, "that is why you remove it".
She says it is a member of the laurel family that is poisonous.
But I have a container of crushed bay leaves that came with my spice
rack. Also, if it were poisonous, we wouldn't be able to cook with
it, right? So I don't think it makes sense that Bay Leaf is poisonous.
I am having difficulty finding info about this on the internet.
Smithton, PA USA - Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at 10:36:58 (PDT)
The leaves we use in cooking are are
from the "sweet bay" tree, and not it's poisonous cousin,
the Cherry Laurel, which is often called simply Laurel. Sweet bay
leaves in large amounts (much more than cooking) may cause vomiting,
but eating a leaf or two will likely result simply in a pungent
or bitter taste in the mouth, which is why they are typically removed
from food before serving.
I have been trying to find out exactly what "cat's
claw" is, what it does, and what dosage should be taken. Thanks....
howard welt <email@example.com>
kennewick, wa USA - Tuesday, April 09, 2002 at 09:58:33 (PDT)
Cat's Claw (Uncaria tomentosa)
is a plant found in South American rainforests that has been traditionally
used for a variety of ailments, but most notably for stimulating
the immune system and for inflammation. We do offer a detailed packet
of information on Cat's
Claw. Click the link for more information.
Recently I've heard that the herb 'St. Johns Wort'
can interfere with the effects of the contraceptive pill (prevention
of pregnancy). I'm thinking about taking a herbal pill (to assist
appetite control)that contains Garcinia quaesita extract (Brindle
berry), Ginger and Guar gum. I am worried that the combination of
these herbs may affect the contraceptive pill. Appreciate your help,
- Monday, March 25, 2002 at 17:12:14 (PST)
There is no conclusive research to
support the claim that St. John's wort interferes with birth control
pills or any other medications. As a matter of fact, in a study
conducted to investigate potential interactions between St. John's
wort and the drug carbamazepine, researchers detected no significant
differences in blood concentrations or clearance of the drug before
or after administration of St. John's wort. The new study refutes
the widespread speculation that St. John's wort lowers blood concentrations
of all drugs metabolized via this enzyme system. You can read an
article about this study on the following page of our website: http://www.herbs.org/current/sjwepilepsy.htm
I am planning on making my own "green Drink" and
was wondering if it would be advantageous to take just spirolina,
or combine it with barley grass and wheat grass as well. Would it
provide more in the way of nutrients, using the three together?
susan lindeman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
asheville, nc USA - Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 16:56:57 (PST)
Spirulina alone is beneficial, but
when combined with other green foods like barley and wheat grass
and chlorella, it helps provide a broader spectrum of nutrients.
For more information on the benefits of green
foods, see our information packet.
is there a altertive(herbal) to pencillin my doctor
presribes pencillin for a infection but i would like a herbal cure,
rob base <email@example.com>
dallas, tx USA - Thursday, March 21, 2002 at 06:07:26 (PST)
There are several herbs that have
antimicrobial activity: usnea, garlic, sage, licorice, owrmwood,
goldenseal, ginger, eucalyptus, echinacea, grapefruit seed extract,
and tea tree oil, just to name a few. Some are effective against
bacteria, some against viruses, some against fungi, and some are
effective against all three. For details, please see our packet
Are there any herbs that make male/female bodily
secretions taste and smell better?
Marina , CA USA - Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at 16:14:25 (PST)
A person's individual scent usually
has a lot to do with their diet and lifestyle choices. A healthy
diet that includes lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and whole
grains and limited amounts of animal products may have a positive
affect on body odor. Other factors to consider are hygiene, water
intake, chronic illness, smoking and/or alcohol abuse, prescription
and illegal drug use, and chronic illness. In combination with a
healthy diet and lifestyle, herbs can help cleanse, detoxify, and
nourish the body. Some examples are milk thistle, dandelion, burdock,
red clover, nettles, and alfalfa. For more information, see our
packet on Detoxification.
what are the effects of eating garlic during pregnacy
houston, tx USA - Sunday, March 17, 2002 at 00:36:41 (PST)
Garlic is safe during pregnancy when
consumed as an ingredient in cooking. Pregnancy can cause digestive
sensitivities like heartburn, which may be worsened by eating garlic.
can you give me information for help for exzma
USA - Saturday, March 16, 2002 at 15:24:42 (PST)
Eczema and other skin ailments often
have an internal component that needs to be addressed. Liver supportive
herbs like dandelion, burdock and milk thistle can help. Some herbs
that can provide topical relief are aloe, chamomile, lavender, calendula,
and rose. For more information, see our packet on Eczema.
What herbal remedy is recommended for wound healing,
specifically a hole in a gum after a tooth extraction.
Bill Prescott <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Orange, CA USA - Monday, March 11, 2002 at 19:17:01 (PST)
Some herbs that can promote tissue
healing in the mouth are gotu kola, echinacea, calendula, aloe,
and chamomile. For more information, see our packet on Dental
Hello.. I suffer from recurring bladder and yeast
infections. I've taken many prescriptions medications and it seems
to clear up for a while and then they are back. Do you know of any
herbal remedy I could take? I'm tired of the same doctor giving
me the same medication and he has no other alternatives for me.
Thank you for your help.
Fullerton, ca USA - Monday, March 11, 2002 at 14:00:49 (PST)
Recurrent infections of this nature
can often be a sign of a compromised immune system. There are several
herbs that can help boost immunity like echinacea, astragalus, siberian
ginseng, and reishi and shiitake mushrooms. Diet can also be a factor
in recurrent yeast infections. Probiotic supplements can help. Some
herbs that can help with bladder infections are cranberry, corn
silk, uva ursi, and juniper berries. We have packets on the Immune
and the Urinary
Tract that I think will be very helpful for you.
are there any known side effects of astralagus root
after taking for extended period (4 years)
charlotte hall <email@example.com>
charlottesville, va USA - Monday, March 11, 2002 at 13:24:55 (PST)
Astragalus is considered a very safe
food herb that is extremely well tolerated.
What may Billerry complex help your body
Margaret Connaughton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ireland - Wednesday, March 06, 2002 at 14:03:47 (PST)
Bilberry is a very safe herb that
has been shown to support eye heath and vision, microcirculation,
spider and varicose veins, and capillary strength. It is high in
antioxidants and has no known contraindications or drug interactions.
We offer an information packet that details the uses of bilberry.
Click the link for more information.
Hello, I am a health care provider and have been
getting alot of question about the effects of the herb Chamomile,
and also the herb spearmint. I have looked, but have not been able
to find the effects of these herbs. Could you please give me some
information about these particualr herbs and the effects they have
on the mind and body. Thank you!
Seattle, Wa USA - Monday, February 25, 2002 at 02:01:01 (PST)
Both chamomile and spearmint are considered
safe and gentle herbs. They are both soothing to the digestive system
and can help in cases of indigestion. Chamomile is also mildly relaxing
, and has been used to promote sleep in adults and children and
also for colic in children. Chamomile is also useful for soothing
skin conditions and for hair care. Spearmint is mildly cooling and
may help reduce fevers. We offer comprehensive packets of information
on both chamomile
which has actions very similar to spearmint.
I have surgerical menopause @41 yrs of age. My biggest
problem these days is vaginal dryness prior to intercourse. Is there
any thing I can take to increase my comfort level? K-Y jelly is
out of the question, it takes care of the dryness but kills my love
life. Thanx June
Denver, Co USA - Monday, February 11, 2002 at 21:11:34 (PST)
like flax, evening primrose, and borage have been shown to help
dry conditions of various mucus membranes in the body.
Probiotics may also help.
Do herbal supplements really help women's breast to grow? If
they do, which ones work best? Are commercially marketed herbal
supplements better than buying your own? Thank you for your attention
to my questions.
Deborah Rice <Deborah.A.Rice@irs.gov>
Philadelphia, PA USA
get a lot of questions about this. There have been no independent
scientific research studies conducted to support claims of herbal
breast enlargement products, though the anecdotal testimonials are
many. Some herbs do contain phytosterolic compounds, plant constituents
that are similar in chemical structure, though very much weaker,
than hormones that are produced by the body. I do not know of any
place to recommend that has reliable information on these "breast
enhancement" products. The Herb Research Foundation sells an
information packet on Phytosterols,
(plant hormones) what they do in the body and in what plants they
are found. Click the packet title for more information.
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