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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 | BARBARA FOLEY
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 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, Times Staff Writer
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?"
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.
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.
August 12, 1986 | Herbert J. Vida
Ah, the splendor of herbs is just the right medicine for today's fast-food cooking crowd, says herbalist Joyce Smith of Fullerton, whose herb garden no doubt is the envy of her neighbors. It takes the place of her front lawn. "I spend about the same time on it as I would taking care of grass," she said while tending a garlic chives plant, one of the tasty specimens she grows in her tiered garden that includes roses for fragrance. "Instead of grass, I get something productive out of the land."
February 23, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
As I tasted an array of styles of amari at Sotto and Mozza, I became fascinated. I can see right now, I'm going to have to clear a cupboard for my growing collection. At Sotto, I was intrigued by Amaro Montenegro made in Bologna since the 1860s. It's very floral, with notes of rosewater, vanilla, citrus peel and, at the end, a pronounced bitterness. We tasted Amaro Nonino Quintessentia from the grappa producer using a family recipe from 1897, and Amaro Lucano from Matera in the south of Italy, made since 1894 in a more austere style that still includes more than 30 herbs.
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