The Herbal Drugstore: The Best Natural Alternatives to Over-the-counter and Prescription Medicines!

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Rodale, Jan 1, 2000 - Medical - 610 pages
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By one estimate, Americans are spending upward of $3 billion a year on herbs and herb products. More and more people are turning to herbal medicine for solutions to their health concerns because they believe that herbs are gentler, safer, and more affordable than pharmaceuticals.

Yet how can they be sure of what really works and what is right for them? Despite the glut of information on herbs, these remedies have rarely been compared objectively with drugs. That's just what consumers need, so they can rest assured that the decisions they make will help them get well-- not harm them.

The Herbal Drugstore sifts through all the studies, facts, and opinions to provide objective, concise profiles of more than 280 drugs and drug categories, along with their herbal alternatives. For each health problem, you can weigh the functions and side effects of the most common pharmaceutical treatments against the benefits and cautions of the best-known herbal remedies. You also get:

* Accurate dosage instructions for using herbs safely and effectively
* Essential information about potential herb-drug and herb-herb interactions
* A comprehensive chart that lists drugs and their herbal alternatives side by side for easy reference
* In-depth profiles of nearly 60 herbs, with explanations of herb sources, uses, and safety issues
* A shopper's guide for choosing among various herb forms and brands
* Detailed instructions-- for making your own herbal remedies
* A resource directory-- of herbal products, practitioners, and publications

Whether you're a newcomer to herbal medicine or you've been using herbs for years, The Herbal Drugstore arms you with clear, concise, impartial information that puts you in control of your health. Now you can feel confident that when choosing between herbal and pharmaceutical therapies, you have the power of The Herbal Drugstore behind you. By one estimate, Americans are spending upward of $3 billion a year on herbs and herb products. More and more people are turning to herbal medicine for solutions to their health concerns because they believe that herbs are gentler, safer, and more affordable than pharmaceuticals.

Yet how can they be sure of what really works and what is right for them? Despite the glut of information on herbs, these remedies have rarely been compared objectively with drugs. That's just what consumers need, so they can rest assured that the decisions they make will help them get well-- not harm them.

The Herbal Drugstore sifts through all the studies, facts, and opinions to provide objective, concise profiles of more than 280 drugs and drug categories, along with their herbal alternatives. For each health problem, you can weigh the functions and side effects of the most common pharmaceutical treatments against the benefits and cautions of the best-known herbal remedies. You also get:

* Accurate dosage instructions for using herbs safely and effectively
* Essential information about potential herb-drug and herb-herb interactions
* A comprehensive chart that lists drugs and their herbal alternatives side by side for easy reference
* In-depth profiles of nearly 60 herbs, with explanations of herb sources, uses, and safety issues
* A shopper's guide for choosing among various herb forms and brands
* Detailed instructions-- for making your own herbal remedies
* A resource directory-- of herbal products, practitioners, and publications

Whether you're a newcomer to herbal medicine or you've been using herbs for years, The Herbal Drugstore arms you with clear, concise, impartial information that puts you in control of your health. Now you can feel confident that when choosing between herbal and pharmaceutical therapies, you have the power of The Herbal Drugstore behind you.
 

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Contents

Welcome to the Herbal Drugstore
3
What Is Herbal Medicine?
9
Understanding Herbal Remedies
18
Buying and Using Herbal Products
29
Making Your Own Products
37
DRUGS AND THEIR HERBAL
45
EXPLORING VOUR
65
Blisters
112
Ear Infections
220
Eyestrain
237
Fibromyalgia
252
Genital Warts
267
Morning Sickness
416
Multiple Sclerosis
423
Nerve Pain
429
Osteoporosis
437

Breast Pain
121
Bronchitis
127
Bladder Infections 107 Bruises
133
Burns
137
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
154
Cold Sores
171
Constipation
188
Diabetes
205
Overweight
444
Pinkeye and Sties
453
Poison Ivy Oak
464
HERB PROFILES
547
Cayenne
553
Marshmallow
566
Directory for Buying Herbs and Herbal Products
579
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LINDA B. WHITE, M.D., received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Stanford University and her doctoral degree from the University of California, San Diego. She has written about natural health for numerous publications, including Health, Mothering, Nutrition Science News, and Natural Pharmacy. She resides in Golden, Colorado.


STEVEN FOSTER is one of America's most respected authorities on natural health. An author, photographer, and consultant specializing in medicinal and aromatic plants, he is a frequent contributor to Herbs for Health and The Herb Companion and lectures internationally on medicinal herbs. He resides in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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