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Voodoo or Valid? Alternative Therapies Benefit Those Living With HIV

"That Voo Doo That You Do" was the sign posted on the wall of the area set aside for the panel discussion that I was taking part in for the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). Other areas in the large room were set aside for topics that inc...

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Herbs, Supplements and HIV

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Introduction A Little Background Drug Interactions Vitamins and Potential Side Effects Chart Talking With Your Doctor What About Side Effects? Buyer Beware! Conclusion Herbal Side Effects Chart Additional Informat...

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CM4: An Herbal Supplement With Clinical Data Support as an Immune Booster

Immune boosters now account for one of the largest categories of nutritional and herbal supplements on the market. From vitamin and mineral combinations to mushroom blends, from herbal compounds to amino acid and antioxidant complexes, supplements ...

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Hepatitis C and Complementary and Alternative Medicine: 2003 Update

Introduction Key Points What is hepatitis C? What does conventional treatment for chronic hepatitis C consist of? Why do people use CAM for hepatitis C? How commonly do people with hepatitis C use CAM therapies, and what do they use? Wh...

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Herbal Therapies Used by People Living With HIV: Garlic

Garlic (Allium sativum) has been used worldwide to treat a variety of infections. HIV-positive people may use it to treat conditions associated with HIV, including fungal infections like thrush and parasites like cryptosporidium, which may cause se...

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Herbal Therapies Used by People Living With HIV: Gingko Biloba

Gingko biloba is a common Asian tree that grows in much of North America. In Chinese medicine, the fruit of the gingko plant is used to treat certain lung disorders. Preparations isolated from the seed may be helpful in fungal, bacterial and viral ...

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Herbal Therapies Used by People Living With HIV: SPV30

SPV30 (also known as boxwood extract) is derived from the boxwood tree (Buxus sempervirens). In the mid nineties there was a lot of excitement about the use of SPV30 for HIV infection. Unfortunately, subsequent studies demonstrated very little bene...

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Herbal Therapies Used by People Living With HIV: St. John's Wort

St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) is a European herbal remedy widely used to treat depression. Many people find that it improves their outlook and sense of equilibrium without creating the feeling of being drugged. A number of trials of St. Jo...

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A Practical Guide to Herbal Therapies for People Living With HIV

  • Acknowledgements and Credits How to Use This Guide Introduction How People Living With HIV Use Herbal Therapies Allergic Reactions and Other General Cautions Herb-Drug Interactions Herbal Therapies Used by People Living With HIV ...
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Herb-Drug Interactions

When herbal therapies and drugs (prescription or non-prescription medications) are used together, they can interact in your body, causing changes in the way the herbs and/or the drugs work. Such changes are called herb-drug interactions.

Herb-drug i...