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Q. I love MediHerb products but worry about prescribing them in my pregnant patients. Are there any herbs that are safe for use in pregnancy?
A: New research has shown that if infertility or menstrual irregularity is due to a short luteal phase, corpus luteal insufficiency or low progesterone Chaste Tree can be used to help regulate cycles and is useful in the first trimester to maintain the pregnancy and reduce chance of miscarriage. While many herbs can be very useful to treat symptoms in pregnancy, they are usually reserved for the second half (20 weeks and beyond) when all of the organ systems are formed and the fetus is simply getting bigger. Bilberry for hemorrhoids, Echinacea Premium for immune support and Withania tincture for anxiety are all safe and effective tools for treating the pregnant woman.
Q. I feel like treating pediatric patients is challenging because I can use so few modalities. Are there ways to increase my success rate and compliance with kids?
A: The majority of herbs in clinical use in adults are also applicable to children. By grinding up tablets and placing the appropriately calculated (for size and age) dose in each compartment of an ice cube tray, you can follow directions on a gelatin package and make tasty jello snacks that pack a herbal punch. Consider Astragalus Combo for back to school, 5 Mushroom Formula for immune support or Eyebright Complex for allergy season. Don't let the fact that they are kids get in the way of helping your patients!
Q. I've got a lot of older patients who would like to stay young and vibrant without being on a tonne of pills. How can I target cardiovascular, memory and joint health without drastically adding to their pill regime?
A. When you break it down, the causes of aging are simple: decreased microcirculation and increased oxidation are at the root of most of the diseases associated with aging. Providing your patients with the tools to increase circulation and cognition, like Ginkgo, and to reduce reactive oxygen species, like the antioxidant powerhouses in Vitanox (turmeric, resveratol, rosemary and green tea) can give them a daily way to slow the aging process. Doses as low as 1-2 tablets per day can provide an incredible advantage over the ravages of time, with research showing enhanced memory, reduced tissue oxidation and better cardiovascular health.