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Old 12-07-2008, 04:04 PM   #4
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I am a very strong believer and user of Herbal therapies
but one thing I have to say up front
Herbal therapies ARE drugs, in a more natural form
More natural does not mean side effect free
nor does it ensure it will be stronger, gentler, or better suited for a all ailments
Many things that can be found in Herbal therapy cannot be found in western medicine, so I use them,
but I am still cautious about drug drug interaction with herbals as well as "drugs"
The Germans have done a TON of research on herbal therapies in comparison and in conjunction with western meds

St Johns wort is an MAOI, and should be treated as such
willow bark IS ASA
foxglove is very dangerous if used full strength
Evening Primrose, raspberry leaf, and cramp bark can all result in early labor if used incorrectly

I appreciate and use herbs frequently, but be an educated consumer

ecb *all done on soap box, and no I do not have any single herbal advice forum I use for just that reason you mentioned*
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