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August 20, 2010
Certain types of chemotherapy can be brutal, causing nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. However, an ancient Chinese remedy shows promise in animal studies for relieving some of those symptoms as well as enhancing the effects of chemotherapy in destroying cancer cells. Dr. Yung-Chi Cheng, a professor of pharmacology at Yale University, tested an herbal preparation called huang quin tang that has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 1,800 years to treat stomach and intestinal disorders.
September 5, 2010 | By My-Thuan Tran, Los Angeles Times
Jason Pitre grew up hearing stories of how his great-grandfather healed babies on the cusp of death using herbs and plants found along Louisiana's bayous. The tribal healer, or traiteur , was known by the native Houma people for his potions and salves that seemed to treat any sickness. Now, the traditional herbs are in danger, Pitre said, threatened by decades of coastal erosion, hurricanes and development that have crept up on Golden Meadow in Bayou Lafourche, where many members of the United Houma Nation once lived.
October 3, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge in Vinita, Okla., dismissed a driving-under-the-influence case against a black man who was arrested with what turned out to be a bag of herbs. Judge Harry Wyatt dismissed the case against George Singleton, saying prosecutors hadn't presented enough evidence. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Alvin Lavender pulled over Singleton, 49, saying he was weaving and speeding. Lavender seized a bag of what looked like marijuana, but it turned out to be herbs.
November 30, 1998
Consumers can increase their chances of using herbs safely and effectively by following this advice listed in the November issue of Archives of Family Medicine. * Recognize that herbs used for health purposes are drugs. They are chemicals that can affect the body in helpful or harmful ways. Herbs are not necessarily safe. * Herbs are not necessarily effective. Only studies in humans comparing the herb with a placebo can determine its effectiveness, appropriate dosage and safety.
December 23, 2002 | Jane E. Allen, Times Staff Writer
When scientists reported last week that diuretics can be better than newer, more expensive drugs for treating high blood pressure, many people may have wondered: Can I get the same effects from herbal products and nonprescription water pills? The answer is a qualified yes. But a major caveat is that nonprescription products should be considered only if your high blood pressure, or hypertension, is mild to moderate -- and if you take them with supervision from a doctor or trained herbalist.
November 25, 1997
Companies that produce herbal supplements, vitamins and minerals should be able to make health claims about them as long as they can prove those claims, a government-appointed panel said. The Commission on Dietary Supplement Labels sent its final report to Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, who must decide whether to recommend new laws or regulations.
August 16, 2004 | Elena Conis
Damiana grows wild in hot, sunny regions from the American Southwest to northern South America. The leaves of the yellow-flowered shrub were once used by the Aztecs, the Maya and other native groups for a variety of medicinal purposes and as an aphrodisiac. * Uses: Over the last few centuries, damiana has been used to treat bedwetting, constipation, impotence, depression, lethargy, anxiety, hot flashes, diabetes and obesity.
January 30, 2006 | Elena Conis
In Greek mythology, the warrior Achilles applied summerblooming yarrow to his soldiers' battle wounds -- a legend that led to the herb's botanical name, Achillea millefolium. The hardy wildflower thrives in poor soil, producing caps of yellow, white and light pink flowers. In many countries (including this one), it's considered a weed.
A single-family home in the heart of a Latino neighborhood here is a haven for those who believe. They are there to see Mina, a slightly built woman with a head of uncontrollable brown hair and wild eyes, who they believe can cure physical ailments, help the lovelorn and bring fortune to lost souls--all in her converted washroom.
July 3, 2000 | From Washington Post
In the beginning, Debra Jones was simply trying to do a favor for a friend, but today she is a leader in the cause of finding natural remedies for the childhood maladies known as attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is a fertile and growing field. Her organization, Parents Against Ritalin, is a rallying point for opposition to the leading prescription treatment for ADD and ADHD, and interest is "like never before," she said.
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