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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Herbal Therapy

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Lyssin Concerns [posted 11/24/98]
Question:  I am concerned about medication "lyssin" homeopathic doctor has prescribed for my 8 year old hyperactive son. His behavior is worse, the doctor says this medication can take up to 90 days before we'll see results. Any comments??

Answer: I doubt that you will see any effect.

Grape Seed to Strenghten Blood Vessels [posted 11/11/98]
Question: I have read about and am considering taking grape seed OPC to strengthen my blood vessels. Is there any conflicts with the medications that I am currently takening?

Answer: This is the antioxidant effect of these foods and appear to have few medical interactions.

Can Ginseng Cause Hypertension [posted 10/21/98]
Question: I have a patient who takes gensing regularly. He is a very active (runs 25 mi/wk and lifts weights regularly) 35 year old male with no significant risk factors for essential hypertension. Can ginseng (as it is considered a stimulant) elevate blood pressure?

Answer: Usually not.

Herbal Birth Control [posted 8/13/98]
Question: Do you have an opiniosec the top ten herbal preparations being sold, and would you sell them?

Answer: Sorry, I'm not a herbalist, wish I knew more.

Herbal Therapy for Digestion [posted 8/11/98]
Question: Is there any research involving Black Walnut or other herbs which help aid in the relief of stomach and lower intestinal problems?

Answer: Unfortunately, I know little of herbal remedies, we get little/no teaching. I'd check with other internet sites.

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