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

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Rodale, Apr 5, 2003 - Health & Fitness - 624 pages

You're about to enter a completely different kind of drugstore. One where herbal medicines are offered right alongside conventional pharmaceuticals. Where bottles of feverfew stand next to bottles of aspirin, and echinacea has its place among other cold and flu remedies.

The Herbal Drugstore is the only place where you can compare mainstream drug treatments and their herbal alternatives for close to 100 common health problems. You'll find herbs that have the same healing powers as many prescription and over-the-counter medications—only they're cheaper and gentler, with few or no side effects.

Whether you need fast first-aid or long-term relief, The Herbal Drugstore has a remedy for you. Here's just a sampling:


  • Immobilized by arthritis? Rub on capsaicin cream, a natural pain reliever made from hot peppers
  • Can't sleep? Start snoozing with valerian—it's as effective as Valium, but it isn't addictive
  • Want to lose a few pounds? Get a helping hand from psyllium, an herbal alternative to appetite suppressants
  • Feeling stressed? Calm jangled nerves with ginseng—it won't undermine alertness
  • Battling bronchitis? Clear up that cough with licorice, a natural expectorant
  • Need help with high blood pressure? Turn to hawthorn—it has much in common with beta blockers, except for the side effects


The Herbal Drugstore features these and many more herbal remedies—712 in all! They're profiled right next to their pharmaceutical counterparts, so you can make your own comparisons and decide which treatments are best for you.

 

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Contents

Welcome to the Herbal Drugstore
3
Understanding Herbal Remedies
18
Buying and Using Herbal Products
28
Making Your Own Products
37
Drugs and Their Herbal
45
Exploring Your
65
Blisters
112
Breast Pain
121
Eyestrain
237
Fibromyalgia
252
Genital Warts
267
Morning Sickness
416
Multiple Sclerosis
423
Nerve Pain
429
Osteoporosis
437
Overweight
444

Bronchitis
127
Bladder Infections 107 Bruises
133
Burns
137
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
154
Cold Sores
171
Constipation
188
Diabetes
205
Ear Infections
220
Pinkeye and Sties
453
Poison Ivy Oak
464
Herb Profiles
545
Aloe Vera 548 Cats Claw
552
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 HealthMotheringNutrition 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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