This section contains brief overviews of specific herbs often used by people with HIV. Many of the herbs in this section (particularly those drawn from Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine) are normally used in combination with others. Indeed, all the clinical information we have about these herbs involves their use in combinations, and it may not be appropriate to use any herb alone.
More information about how herbal therapies are prepared and how to decide on the quality of herbal therapies is offered in sections toward the end of this guide. If you have personal experience with any of these treatments, our treatment information staff would be pleased to hear from you. They may also have more information about the treatments discussed in this guide. You can reach them toll free at 1-800-263-1638. For detailed treatment information, however, it's wise to consult a qualified herbalist or naturopath (see section on Herbal Practitioners).