Which Herbs Work?

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Which Herbs Work?

ECHINACEA: Use pure Echinacea extract to fight off colds, flu and urinary tract infections.

GARLIC: Research indicates that 900 mg of Kwai dried garlic pills or one raw clove of garlic daily lowers total cholesterol more than 11 percent and LDL more than 14 percent among people with levels over 200.

GINKGO: Studies that show ginkgo improves blood flow to the brain and extremities and can alleviate vertigo and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

KAVA: Touted as a natural tranquilizer, the evidence for effectiveness is strongest for mild anxiety disorders that interfere with social interaction and sleep, but it can be habit-forming.

SAW PALMETTO BERRY: Saw Palmetto berry is effective in treating benign prostatic hypertrophy (enlarged prostate). While it doesn’t actually shrink the prostate, it does relieve the symptoms of enlargement, such as frequent urination.

ST. JOHN'S WORT: The herb is an option for low-level depression, but people with more severe depression should consult their doctor. St. John’s wort can increase susceptibility to sunburn and cataracts.

VALERIAN: Several studies suggest that valerian may reduce the time it takes to fall asleep, especially insomniacs and people with sleep difficulties.