Chinese Herb Dang Shen Treats Many Different Problems

One of the traditional alternative medicines of ancient Chinese tradition, an herb called dan shen, is winning over North Americans. Its effects are said to extend to the liver, heart, immune system, lungs, and increased energy.

Dan shen is regularly used to treat a range of health conditions. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Continue reading

The Latest on Harmful Drug-Supplement Interactions

At Doctors Health Press, we enthusiastically promote natural medicine. But, there are important health considerations when it comes to how drugs and supplements can interact, as they sometimes do so dangerously. A new study, which looked extensively at the subject, offers a clear and accurate picture of what drugs and supplements should never be combined. Continue reading

Second Thoughts about Ginko Biloba

When looking closely at ginkgo biloba and acetyl-L- carnitine for use against Alzheimer’s disease, I’ve found a mixed bag. It’s best to become informed before investing hope in supplements.

Acetyl-L-carnitine is an amino acid that occurs naturally. In animal studies, it’s been found to increase the energy production in nerve cells, protect the nerve cells from toxins, maintain the number of receptors on nerve cells, and increase Continue reading

Four Dangers of Mixing Drugs and Supplements

Any items you might take — herbs, dietary supplements, other natural products, or functional foods such as energy drinks and nutritional bars — can interact with each other and with medications. Doctors Health Press devotes its pages to natural remedies, but this is a reminder that you still must be aware of the risks of interactions. Or, at the very least, your doctor should always know what you are taking. Continue reading

Important Vitamin Safety Tips

Vitamin C information everybody needs to consider whether you take a prescription drug or a natural supplement. I’m talking about dosage and safety notes.

Various dosages of vitamin C have been used depending on the purpose:

  • Treating common colds: One to three grams (g) a day
  • Preventing common colds: 600-1,000 milligrams (mg) a day
  • Preventing sunburn: Two grams of vitamin C together with vitamin E (1,000 international units [IU])
  • Preventing hardening of the artery: Slow-release vitamin C 250 mg plus 136 IU of vitamin E twice a day

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The Inside Scoop on Vitamin K

This is an introduction to vitamin K, which is closely connected to blood’s capacity to clot.

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin discovered in the early 1930s by a Danish biochemist, Henrik Dam, who won the Nobel Prize 13 years later. The letter “K” comes from the German word “koagulation,” which has to do with blood clotting.

The vitamin consists of many different but related chemicals. Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) and vitamin K2 (menaquinone) are the two natural forms. Both are found in a variety of foods,

Vitamin K is essential for the key proteins in our bodies, including some that are critical Continue reading