Alternative Medicines Corner

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  • May 1, 2000
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    Patients who do not have diabetes perhaps should take doses of American ginseng with meals—rather than between them, as is usually recommended by practitioners of Asian medicine. A recent...

  • April 1, 2000
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    Quality control woes of herbal medicines are serious enough, but now five Chinese herbal products for control of blood sugar have been found to be contaminated with hypoglycemic medications.

  • April 1, 2000
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    Proposed limitations on the amount of ephedra allowed in dietary supplements and recommendations on lengths of therapy will be withdrawn, FDA has told Congress. With political pressure against...

  • March 1, 2000
    PREVIEW

    From the medical literature to television news programs, big concerns have arisen about interactions between traditional medications and herbal drugs. In particular, new information last month...

  • February 2, 2000
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    By narrowing the definition of “disease,” final FDA regulations that take effect this month permit manufacturers of dietary supplements to make broader health claims on product...

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