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by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy Estimates vary of the number of Americans (not to mention citizens of other countries) who are killed each year, very directly, by FDA approved drugs which are used according to doctors orders and FDA approved pharmaceutical company recommendations. A minimum is 25,000 and if it were ever sorted out thoroughly, it is believed the number would exceed 100,000. Recently a drug named Viagra came out which apparently is great at bypassing treatment of the causes of male impotence and simply producing an erection. Naturally, the quick fix oriented American consumers jumped on this drug. As of this writing (only a few months after its introduction), the drug has killed in excess of 30 users. The FDA considers this OK and has not threatened to pull the drug off the market. Compared to some of the other drugs approved by the FDA, Viagra is rather safe.

One of the alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs are herbal medicines. Herbal medicines are plant derived and have been in clinical research for thousands of years, having originated in China, perhaps around 5,000 years ago. There is a Pharmacopoeia of herbal medicines which includes a way to treat just about every condition under the sun. The advantage herbal medicine has over pharmaceutical drugs is the factor of safety. When was the last time you heard or read of someone dying from a reaction to an herbal preparation. Of course, one can overdose on anything. Enough water can kill you. However, taken as directed, herbal preparations are extraordinarily safe, and in the experience of most people, at least equally effective. Another plus is the fact that they are considerably less expensive than many pharmaceutical drugs.

The FDA would love nothing better than to shut down the sale of herbal medicines in the U.S. since it represents a serious threat to the economic health of the American pharmaceutical industry. However, by law, they are limited to removing substances which are unsafe. Therefore herbal medicines will survive, at least until the law is changed. However, all this could come to a swift reorganization if Codex Alimentarius is approved.

Herbs should be used with guidance. Unless you are an expert, consult an expert. Do not try to self medicate. Do not take herbs directly from nature unless you are an expert. Some herbs are of poisonous nature.

The following list of conditions is by no means all inclusive, but is meant to reflect a small portion of the conditions which can be treated with herbs:

Acne Evening Primrose Oil, Raspberry Leaf, Nettle, Dandelion, Lemon Grass
Allergies Blessed Thistle, Scullcap, Goldenseal, Cayenne, Marshmallow, Lobelia, Burdock.
Anemia Red Beet, Yellow Dock, Lobelia, Burdock, Nettle, Mullein
Arteriosclerosis Cayenne, Garlic, Hawthorne, Parsley
Arthritis Yucca, Comfrey, Alfalfa, Yarrow, Cayenne, Lobelia, Burdock, Chaparral, Black Cohosh, Cat's Claw, Lemon Grass
Colds Chamomile, Slippery Elm, Cayenne, Goldenseal, Myrrh, Peppermint, Sage, Lemon Grass, Rose Hips, Garlic
Colic Alfalfa, Peppermint, Fennel, Catnip
Constipation Aloe Vera, Slippery Elm, Barberry
Coughs Elecampane, Wild Cherry Bark, Licorice, Comfrey Root, Lobelia
Diaper Rash Calendula Cream, or a Cream Made from Aloe
Drug Withdrawal Chamomile, Ginseng, Licorice, Cayenne, Gotu Kola
Earaches Oil of Mullein, Garlic Oil, or Lobelia Extract Drops Directly into the Ear
Energy Cayenne, Ginseng, Gotu Kola
Eye Problems Goldenseal, Bayberry, Eyebright
Female Problems Black Cohosh, Ginger, Raspberry Leaf, Blessed Thistle, Dong Quai
Flu Ginger, Cayenne, Goldenseal, Licorice
Fractures Comfrey, Horsetail, Alfalfa, Slippery Elm
Heart Hawthorne, Cayenne, Garlic
Heartburn Anise Seed, Fennel Seed, Peppermint, Cinnamon, Lavendar
Immune Support Pau D'arco(taheebo), Echinacea, Burdock, Spirulina, Kelp, Cat's Claw
Infections Echinacea, Goldenseal, Cayenne, Myrrh
Insects, Repelling Pennyroyal, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Tansy
Insomnia Valerian, Scullcap, Hops
Kidneys Juniper, Uva Ursi, Marshmallow, Ginger, Goldenseal, Dandelion
Liver Dandelion, Parsley, Horsetail, Blessed Thistle, Chamomile, Lobelia, Wild Yam, Ginger, Sassafras, Kelp
Lungs Comfrey, Fenugreek, Marshmallow, Mullein, Chickweed
Menopause Black Cohosh, Licorice, False Unicorn, Ginseng, Squaw Vine, Blessed Thistle
Menstrual Cramps Cramp Bark, Ginger Root, Raspberry Leaf, Yello Dock, Vitex, Wild Yam
Migraines Fenugreek, Thyme, Lobelia, Wood Betony, Feverfew
Morning Sickness Wild Yam, Dandelion, Ginger, Vitex
Nerves Black Cohosh, Cayenne, Valerian, Ginger, St. Johnswort, Hops, Wood Betony
Poison Ivy/oak Burdock, Mullein, Yellow Dock (Bathing in a Peppermint Tea Bath Will Relieve the Itching as Well as Aid in Drying up the Oak/ivy)
PMS Evening Primrose Oil, Dong Quai, Vitex
Prostate Black Cohosh, Licorice, Kelp, Gotu Kola, Ginger, Cayenne, Juniper, Uva Ursi, Taheebo, Saw Palmetto
Sexual Stimulant Damiana, Ginseng, Saw Palmetto, Gotu Kola
Sexual Depressant Hops, Scullcap, Valerian
Skin Horsetail, Sage, Rosemary
Stop Smoking Hops, Scullcap, Slippery Elm, Valerian, Lobelia
Thyroid Irish Moss, Kelp, Parsley, Black Walnut, Sasparilla
Tumors Chaparral, Red Clover, Taheebo (Pau D'arco)
Ulcers Cayenne, Goldenseal, Myrrh, Marshmallow, Calendula
Weight Reduction Chickweed, Licorice, Safflower, Echinacea, Black Walnut, Papaya, Fennel, Dandelion
Yeast Infection Cayenne, Garlic, White Oak Bark, Marshmallow, Mullein (All Mixed Together and Used as a Bolus)




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