August 31, 1998 |
The analysis of St. John's wort commissioned by The Times examined whether retail products were as potent as they claimed to be. The analytical technique, called spectrophotometry, tested each product for a family of compounds known collectively as hypericin. Scientists say that hypericin is not the only, and probably not even the primary, ingredient with antidepressant activity in St. John's wort.
December 24, 2007 |
The herbs, tightly enclosed in a plastic bag then folded inside a brown paper bag, still manage to permeate the house with their earthy, overwhelming aroma. I store them in the laundry room off the kitchen, and when I open the pantry door, the odor always makes my nose twitch, however much I anticipate it. The herbs themselves are an interesting assortment of twigs; flat, brown things; a rind of something. One time I thought I saw the dried carapace of a bug. They are mushroom-like in color, uniformly brown and beige.
January 31, 2000
Jane E. Allen's report ("No Minor Mix-Up," Jan. 10) on side effects of herbs and vitamins is misleading. The fact that herbs like garlic and ginkgo biloba thin the blood, as do prescription blood thinners, is reason to take the patient off the expensive (and problematic) drug, rather than the herbs. Patients on prescription blood thinners require monthly blood tests to guard against over-thinning their blood; the herbs do not require this. Vitamins are essential for life, drugs are not. How long will the public be kept in the dark about the fact that the biological action of virtually every prescription drug can be duplicated with natural remedies at far less cost and little side effect?
September 1, 1989 |
A tonic of deer antlers is a powerful rejuvenator while a tea of lobster eyes, Ganoderma mushroom, licorice root will relieve physical pain. And the man who tells you so is Ron Teeguarden, who explains that he learned his craft from a Chinese Taoist master and seems so intent on demystifying herbal healing that he even wrote a book about it, "Chinese Tonic Herbs" (Japan Publications Inc.).
January 5, 1987 |
A woman enveloped in black whispered her illness across the counter to Suhair Darkal as if passing a secret. Without hesitation, Darkal thrust a grimy hand into a barrel of aromatic herbs and neatly folded a palmful into a square of newspaper. "Do you have incense?" shouted another customer. "Do I have incense?" Darkal roared back. "I have 75 kinds of incense. What's the problem?"
August 12, 2009 |
Before it was Beach Boulevard, the Orange County road that leads straight to Huntington Beach was known as Highway 39. That was back when Clifford Ronnenberg's parents owned a dairy and roadside diner, which is now the site of the citified ParkAve restaurant. The retro-style neon spelling out the name at the edge of the parking lot shines like a beacon among tacky motels, new town houses and the usual strip malls. Stanton is not what you'd call fancy, more working class Orange County than upscale.
August 31, 1998 |
Scanning the shelves of an herbal medicine shop in Los Angeles' Chinatown, the drug sleuth had no trouble spotting contraband. Richard Ko, a pharmacologist in the drug safety branch of the California Department of Health Services, zeroed in on a red, gold and white box of pills called Ansenpunaw.
September 1, 1998 |
Before Tom Murdock founded a business that would grow into the nation's largest maker of herbal medicines, he found inspiration in Arizona's high desert. It was in the late 1960s and Murdock's wife, Lavoli, was gravely ill with cancer that hadn't responded to conventional treatments. Murdock had heard about a Navajo medicine man who touted a desert chaparral shrub as a remedy for ailments from colds to cancer.