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Herbal Therapies Used by People Living With HIV: Ginseng

Information about ginseng is often confusing because the herb comes in several different forms. Panax ginseng (often called Korea or Asian ginseng) is a root widely used in Chinese medicine and can be processed in different ways. Steaming the root ...

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Canada Says No to Kava

Canada's Federal Health Ministry, Health Canada, has issued an order stopping the sale of supplements containing the herb kava (also known as kava-kava) because of safety concerns. Health Canada will be monitoring the removal of kava-containing suppl...

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Update on Micronutrient Needs in HIV

Micronutrient deficiencies appear to be common in persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) as a result of HIV infection itself, malabsorption, and/or eating less due to being HIV positive. Even PLWHA who are asymptomatic or appear to eat a well-balanced ...

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Crossing the Blood-Brain Barrier

Florence (Reuters Health) -- Vitamin C could provide a key to unlock the blood-brain barrier, which stops many drugs from getting into the brain where they could potentially treat diseases such as Alzheimer's or epilepsy, according to preliminary fin...

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Questions & Answers: A Trial of St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) for the Treatment of Major Depression

Background on St. John's Wort and Depression About the Trial Conclusion and Future Research For Additional Reading

Background on St. John's Wort and Depression

1. What is St. John's wort?

St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum in Latin) is...

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Africa Unlocks Herbal Secrets to Fight AIDS

Stalking into the bush with a knife and briefcase in search of asparagus, the 56-year-old Kenyan healer Jack Githae symbolizes a growing belief among African herbalists that ancient wisdom could turn the tide of HIV/AIDS. "How can we ignore such know...

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FDA Issues Consumer Advisory That Kava Products May Be Associated With Severe Liver Injury

Dear Health Care Professional Colleague:

We are sending you this notice to bring to your attention a recently-issued FDA Consumer Advisory about the potential risk of severe liver injury associated with use of kava-containing dietary supplements.


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Nutritional Supplements Can Help Patients Gain Weight, Raise CD4 Counts

Researchers in Spain have reported that nutritional supplements enriched with peptides and some fatty acids are helping HIV patients gain weight and improve immune function.

A formula with high levels of n-3 fatty acids reversed HIV- related weight ...

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The Role of Dietary Supplements in HIV

There's a lot more to life than viral load and CD4 counts. And increasing evidence shows that taking a few extra supplements a day may help in a variety of ways.

Vitamins and Minerals

All the food we eat to stay alive and healthy is made up of vari...

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Mama Mia Please Don't Eat the Garlic (Supplements)

Probably the little garlic that is in food is not important, but taking large amounts of it in the form of supplements should only be done with a lot of caution and the following information.

A study was done and reported upon by the HIV treatment e...