Antioxidants and natural medicine (herbal)
May 5, 2012
My friend was infected with HIV few months ago. She has not started her Western medicine yet and waiting for the second CD4 and viral load tests, which will be very soon. Till then she is taking herbal medicine, antioxidants (like pomegranate juice) etc., to boost her immune system. Is it possible or ok to continue herbal medicine when she starts Western medicine? Thanks.
Response from Dr. Fawcett
Thank you for writing. Many persons on HIV medications also take supplemental remedies, but it is very important to discuss these with your physician. Some, such as St. John's Wort, interact in a potentially dangerous way with antiretrovirals. Here is a resource at TheBody which can give you more information.
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