Alternative Medicines Corner

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  • March 1, 2002

    Two herbal products sold by BotanicLab of Brea, Calif., have been recalled nationally after the California Department of Health Services identified prescription drug contaminants in them.

  • February 1, 2002

    A randomized controlled trial shows that the herbal agent butterbur has beneficial effects in patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis—comparable in fact to the antihistamine cetirizine (...

  • January 1, 2002

    If anyone needed more proof of the need for a drug therapy expert to help patients avoid harmful drug interactions among prescription, nonprescription, and complementary and alternative...

  • December 1, 2001

    Garlic supplements, acting through an asyet unidentified mechanism, decrease serum concentrations of saquinavir (Fortovase—Roche). The drop in blood levels is sufficient to cause treatment...

  • November 1, 2001

    Known to be common among adult patients with cancer, complementary and alternative medicine is also frequently used in children with cancer, at least in the western part of Washington State.