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April 12th, 2014

Are Drug Rehab Centers Effective?

I would say that drug rehab centers are very effective. A person, regardless of their level of addiction can receive help to overcome whichever kind of addiction they are going through. One, drug rehab centers offer specialized treatment for individuals. Every individual has a different challenge. Some addicts suffer from stress, depression, while others suffer from illnesses when they get into these centers. It is therefore the duty of the staff in the rehab centers to find out the hidden challenges of an individual and help them to overcome these challenges first before administering any kind of medication to them.

adrceDrug rehab centers are also effective due to the fact that they offer different programs which have been tested and proved by professionals. These programs improve the healing process for patients, making it easier and workable. Many addicts make it through these programs victoriously with an ability to overcome drug and substance addiction. Drug addicts often prefer confidentiality especially during the treatment process. Most of them prefer to be treated with a high sense of privacy. Drug rehab centers have been designed in such a way that confidentiality of a client’s information is greatly observed. Only the doctor and the client can access their information during their time in the rehabilitation center.

Encouraging Addicts To Choose Drug Rehab

Drug addicts are people who are hooked to a given drug. Contrary to popular belief that such substances as alcohol, cocaine and marijuana are the ones which are abused, prescription drugs can also be objects of misuse. When one has this addiction, there are several disadvantages to his life. Hence, it is crucial that such a person make the choice of going for drug rehab. He will see several benefits in his life when he finally gets to kick away the destructive habit.

Usually though, it is quite a difficult task to get someone who is an addict to stop misusing a drug. This is a person who needs a lot of understanding and counseling for him to decide that the best way to go is to choose a drug rehab. There are several people who can help him see the benefits of changing his life for the better. His family can show care and understanding which will motivate him to opt for help in stopping the habit. However, be careful not to push him as this can lead to aggression. If this is not bearing the intended results, look for a counselor who will be able to deal with him in a better manner. Ensure though that he is comfortable with the counselor you choose for him.

February 22nd, 2014

Understanding The Linden Method

lmrtOnce you read up on the linden method, you can understand that this method is more scientific than the rest of the techniques espoused by people to cure you of anxiety attacks. You must realize that you cannot predict if you will suffer from acute anxiety or what type of situation will trigger your anxiety attacks. When you are in the throes of such attacks, it is difficult to be rational and difficult to control the panic that might set in. In order to understand all this, you need to read the linden method review as it explains the scientific approach to analyze and correct your problem with handling anxiety.

When you search online, you are likely to find that the linden method review may even have a few endorsements from renowned psychologists and psychotherapists. The experts all say that this method gives you a step-by-step approach and replaces the earlier issues that caused your anxiety attacks in the first place. It is like building a new emotional base for you to function with.  Every linden method review tells you a bit of personal history and the way to get cured of anxiety. There is no underestimating the glowing testimonials that are offered.

Understanding All About Overcoming Panic Attacks

When people seek out help for overcoming panic attacks it is usually because they have understood their limitations. It is also because they choose not to accept such limitations. It is when they decide that they need to go beyond and grab the brass ring at work that they start looking into things that have been holding them back. Therefore, seeking help is the first step. You can consult with your physician or therapist and work out a suitable solution. You can make a list of things that cause such panic attacks and then work on overcoming panic attacks in the most effective manner.

You probably will need the support of your family as well as your peers. You do not want to be discouraged as you try one approach after another for overcoming panic attacks and your peers could encourage you in your attempts. There is no shame to feeling panic. At one time or another, most of us have experienced such things. Once you admit to having a problem, you can find the solution. After that, it is just a matter of practice until you are perfect. Public speakers have their own unique way to do this and so can you.

April 9th, 2013

No Trace Of Wrinkles

hrIt’s been three years since I started using different anti wrinkle products. But it’s only when I discovered some Hyrdroxatone reviews that I made a really good decision about picking a wrinkle treatment. I can say that Hydroxatone is a really promising brand. The ones I have tried in the past were not as effective as Hydroxatone. It rejuvenated my skin and gave it the kind of glow that I have always dreamed of. Now, my friends shower me with flattering comments. They love how I look and they tell me that they find me really happy these days. Who wouldn’t be happy when one is satisfied with her appearance? I missed this confidence when I was still a sufferer of wrinkles. All I do now is enjoy the advantages of having this youthful glow. The wrinkles have disappeared, along with the blackheads, whiteheads, pimple marks and uneven tone. I love how my skin makes me look like 10 years younger. I will use Hydroxatone for as long as it is still available. I am glad that it worked for me despite the severity of my wrinkles in the past. Now, no one can see any trace that I once had wrinkles.

Hydroxatone Works Like Miracle

It took us a while to find a really reliable wrinkle treatment. It’s been a year since we started our search for this product. My wife and I used to suffer from severe wrinkles. We were barely 40 during that time. Fortunately, a good friend of us taught us where we can find some Hydroxatone reviews at bestantiagingcreams,biz. According to her, she’s been a user of this product for ages and she never stopped using it because of the wonderful effects that it gave her skin. She asked us to take a look of reviews first so that we will know if it’s worth our try. My wife and I learned what Hydroxatone is made of. It contains Matrixyl 3000, Argireline and Hyaluronic Acid, which are all beneficial for the skin. What we liked most about this product is the fact that none of its ingredients can be harmful to its user’s health. Upon learning that the company was offering 30 day free trial, we never wasted time and avail of it. We only had to wait for a couple of weeks to see the result. We were both surprised we found out that our wrinkles have faded in that short span of time.

The Mysterious Aura I Got From Hydroxatone

My husband is not a womanizer. He is always faithful and makes it a point that our relationship is always at its best state. We fight sometimes but we try to fix things before it becomes worse. Sometimes I ask him what it is about me that makes him very passionate towards our marriage. He points out that he loves me for my simplicity. He loves the fact that I do not wear any makeup but I still manage to look presentable. He adores my skin and he sometimes gets jealous that my complexion does not change despite our age. He was not aware that since I came across Hydroxatone reviews, this anti wrinkle product has always been a part of my daily ritual. Because he is always busy with work and running our business, he never saw me putting on this product on my face. I’d like to keep my Hydroxatone practice a secret. I do not want my husband to have an idea of how I maintain my youthful aura. Letting him know about it will ruin the mystery. Mystery adds spice to our relationship. Even if we have been together for two decades now, it still feels good that my husband is attracted to me.

March 25th, 2013

Sometimes The “Alternative” Is Best

A friend suggested I look into homeopathy, so I began reading some books. Taking even that step was hard for me, as my father was a surgeon who believed wholeheartedly in conventional medicine. I had never used alternative therapies, except an occasional vitamin C to ward off a cold. After reading about homeopathy, in which highly diluted forms of particular substances are given to a sick person to jump-start the body to heal itself, I was struck by how much sense it made and decided to pursue it.

happy-kidsThe staff at a local holistic pharmacy highly recommended a homeopathic consultant who had worked for several years treating children and adults. During our first meeting, I learned that her health knowledge was self-taught and came from taking care of her daughter, who had been very sick as a young child. Despite her lack of formal credentials, her knowledge and comforting demeanor quickly impressed me.

The consultant asked a lot of questions about my daughter’s background, emotional state, and personal preferences–all the aspects a homeopathic practitioner looks at when suggesting a remedy. She suspected that Jessica’s blood condition might be a long-term allergic response to her vaccinations. On reflection, I remembered that Jessica had had rather severe reactions to all her vaccinations, including high fevers that lasted several days, and that her ability to fight off viruses and bacteria had seemed to decline dramatically with each shot.

To build up Jessica’s immune system and restore her beneficial intestinal bacteria, the consultant suggested daily doses of vitamins, minerals, the immune-boosting herb echinacea, and the probiotic supplement Bifidobacteria. She also recommended I substitute homeopathic remedies for antibiotics the next time Jessica was sick. Finally, the consultant suggested I restrict the sugar, dairy products, wheat, artificial preservatives, colorings, and other additives in Jessica’s diet.

Over the next couple of months I followed all her advice. Bob and I shared Jessica’s new diet, both to support her and to improve our own health. Changing our eating habits was difficult at first but became easier as my husband and I began feeling healthier and more energetic. Jessica was a different story. Restricting a 5-year-old’s diet is very difficult, especially if her classmates’ parents think sugar is one of the basic food groups. We always explained to Jessica why she couldn’t eat certain foods. She felt deprived at times but began to realize that eating prohibited foods such as sugar made her feel worse.

Whenever Jessica had one of her usual infections, I took her to our pediatrician for a diagnosis. Antibiotics were always prescribed, but I never filled the prescriptions. Instead I headed over to the homeopathic consultant. Sometimes my daughter needed two or three homeopathic remedies to fight a particular illness because her immune system was so weak, but she didn’t mind taking them because she liked their sweet flavor. After using these remedies, Jessica seemed stronger, not weaker as she had on antibiotics. Since we didn’t have to use antihistamines, she was much less fatigued and cranky.

During this process Jessica showed remarkable strength and intelligence. She became adept at describing her symptoms and emotional state in detail, which helped the homeopathic consultant select the right remedy. Jessica seemed simply to know that what we were doing was ultimately going to heal her.

After about a year, when Jessica was finally experiencing days or weeks of improved health, the consultant recommended a homeopathic remedy to correct the underlying weaknesses that might be causing Jessica’s chronic health problems (homeopathy calls these “constitutional remedies”). In particular, she suggested a remedy commonly used to treat any ill effects caused by vaccines. took this for several weeks.

A couple of months after the constitutional treatment, Jessica’s blood results were normal for the first time since she’d been diagnosed with benign neutropenia. I wondered if the homeopathic treatment had any role in this change. I decided not to give Jessica the vaccinations that kids normally receive at age 6. If there were any chance her vaccines had caused her health problems, I wasn’t willing to risk further harm. I presented our pediatrician with the research I’d found on vaccination problems and reminded her of Jessica’s progress over the last year. The doctor signed a medical waiver so my daughter could attend school without receiving further vaccinations.

Even though Jessica’s blood had returned to normal and her immune system seemed improved, she was still weak. She was getting more illnesses than other kids and experiencing allergic reactions such as a chest wheeze.

ROUTING OUT MORE VILLAINS A visit with a holistic M.D. who specializes in environmental allergies confirmed my suspicion that Jessica was still a victim of her many allergies–airborne, food, and chemical. Along with giving Jessica a homeopathic hay-fever spray and other remedies, the doctor recommended that we take a hard look at our house to see if we could eliminate or reduce any chemicals or other harmful substances. We cleaned out our heating and cooling systems (which were contaminated with molds and fiberglass from insulation materials), switched to nontoxic cleaning supplies, and made several other changes.

Every three to six weeks Jessica visited the holistic doctor, who monitored her progress and gave her whatever supplements she needed. On that doctor’s recommendation, we then went to a practitioner who uses a therapy similar to the Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET). NAET practitioners say that allergies are linked to energy blockages in the body. We began weekly treatments in which Jessica held a homeopathic preparation of a substance she had tested sensitive to (such as milk or wheat) while the practitioner tested the strength of Jessica’s muscles. A weakness may indicate that the body associates an emotional issue with that substance. Then the practitioner massaged certain acupressure points to change Jessica’s response to the substance.

Less than three months of these treatments transformed Jessica into a different child. No longer was she sick all the time, and when she did become ill, she could fight off the viruses without getting secondary bacterial infections. As the weekly treatments continued over the next three years (approximately 40 allergens were cleared), Jessica’s health kept improving and she grew by leaps and bounds. Jessica is n years old now. It has been 9 1/2 years since she was diagnosed with the blood condition. It has not returned. The last two summers my daughter attended sleepover camps with her girlfriends and remained healthy despite very little sleep and a great deal of junk food.

March 12th, 2013

Preaching To A Freshly Converted Choir

All right nonbelievers, brace yourselves. Homeopathy is legitimate. It works. Annual sales of homeopathic products are at $250 million and growing at a rapid clip. Clinical trials support use of these products. But don’t take our word about homeopathy. Listen to your brothers-in-arms – pharmacists who once, like you, were defiantly skeptical, but now sing homeopathy’s praises.

pharmatimeThese pharmacists are not out to change your mind or suggest that you are wrong. They do recommend, however, that you take a second look. That maybe upon closer inspection you too will be convinced of the validity of this medicinal approach – one with over 200 years of history behind it.

Ten years ago, homeopathy “wasn’t even a consideration” for Tom Cremona, pharmacist and clinical nutritionist at Professional Pharmacy, South Norwalk, CT. He now recommends homeopathic remedies to upwards of 15 patients per week.

Then there’s Len Brancewicz and Joe DiMatteo, two Pennsylvania-based Medicine Shoppe pharmacists who, several years ago, had “absolutely no confidence in home – opathy whatsoever,” but now carry 60 homeopathic mixtures, with 70 different dilutions each, in their respective stores.

There’s also Allen Kratz, Pharm. D., who, while attending pharmacy school, didn’t know what homeopathy meant, but for the past 20 years has owned HVS Labs, Naples, FL, a homeopathic products manufacturer that markets a homeopathic cellular detoxification program. (see “Cleansing Cells.”)

Why the change of heart? For some pharmacists, personal experiences have been the most convincing. For others, it was seeing homeopathy work on their patients. Either way, as these pharmacists say, “the proof is in the pudding.”

Pharmacist Bill Nicoletti, president of the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists and a Las Vegas-based pharmacy consultant, began his career working for a homeopathic products manufacturer. “I was still incredibly skeptical about the products,” he remembers. “I didn’t know anything about them. Then, about ten years ago, I had a fall and smashed my elbow. I was used to hearing about homeopathics, so I tried Arnica Montana for trauma. It cut down the pain and my bruising went down. That was a turning point for me.”

Brancewicz recalls a family experience that occurred about four years ago. “My wife, a physician’s assistant, developed a sciatic nerve problem, making it difficult for her to perform her duties.” After conventional drug therapies did not work, he suggested a sciatic drop formula – Arsenicum (a derivative of arsenic) – an anti-inflammatory for bone on bone or nerve on nerve conditions. Brancewicz says that his wife takes 12 drops every morning in a glass of juice and her condition has improved so much that she has resumed her full work schedule of seeing 40 to 50 patients per day.

Ross Pelton, Ph.D., CCN, a pharmacist who authors American Druggist’s Clinical Nutrition column, also has a story to tell. “I had been following the [homeopathic] research since the 1970s, but was extremely skeptical, though open-minded,” he explains. Then a relative of his came down with “a very serious cat allergy and suffered from violent allergic reactions.” He gave animal antigens to his relative and “over a five-day period in a house with a cat, she suffered no reactions,” he recalls. He later recommended the same treatment to a patient, and “again it worked extremely well.”

Cremona credits fellow pharmacist Jim LaValle, co-owner, Natural Health Resources, Cincinnati, for his conversion. “He’s the expert on natural products,” he says of LaValle. “He told me to learn more about homeopathy, that he’d seen how well it worked. So I tried it with some patients and was amazed at the results.”

For example, he explains, for a child experiencing bedwetting but no other complications (i.e. nightmares, defecation), he suggests Equisetum Hyemem, which he said has worked eight out of the 12 times he has recommended it.

LaValle did not start out as an ardent supporter of homeopathy either. More than 20 years ago, cousins of his had a business in which they imported homeopathic products from Germany and sold them to physicians. “I didn’t know what homeopathy was,” he says. “It seemed so weird, but it piqued my interest.”

After doing some experimentation “I saw the products work,” he relates, pointing to Acanitem for anxiety and digestive complaints and a combination remedy for vertigo and motion sickness, as two of many preparations he now recommends.

Even with the success Brancewicz had treating his wife, it wasn’t until after he and DiMatteo participated in a call-in radio program three years ago that they began to pursue homeopathy vigorously. “One caller asked about natural products and it dominated the rest of the show,” Brancewicz says. “We didn’t quite understand homeopathy, so we started learning.”

Recently, both completed a yearlong correspondence course on homeopathy through the British Institute of Homeopathy. Brancewicz, in Rochester, PA, and DiMatteo, in Oakmont, PA, charge $60 for an initial patient visit – including a complete medical history – and $30 for follow-up visits. “There are real financial possibilities with homeopathy,” Brancewicz says.

Consumers seem to be leading the charge. Retail sales of homeopathic products are currently growing at a rate near 20 percent, according to the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists (AAHP), which last year celebrated its 75th anniversary. Boericke and Tafel, Santa Rosa, CA, a homeopathic pharmaceutical manufacturer, says its sales have increased by 10 to 20 percent each year for the past seven years. Homeopathics have been widely used throughout Europe. In the U.S. they are recognized as OTC drugs under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938.

So why, then, do most pharmacists remain skeptical? Cremona says that “as pharmacists, we are taught to think in a scientific method,” and the mechanism of action [of homeopathic products] is unknown. “It’s also difficult for most people to get their minds around the doses needed for homeopathic products to work,” Brancewicz says. “How can less be more? It doesn’t make any sense, but it works.” (see “What Is Homeopathy?”)

“The problem,” contends Eric Foxman, pharmacist and AAHP secretary, “is that most medical and pharmacy schools dismiss homeopathic methods and make no serious attempts to teach them.”

“Many pharmacists are unwilling to consider anecdotal evidence,” Cremona continues. “You have to trust the 200 years of history behind it and for some people that’s hard to do.”

But Dana Ullman, M.Ph., owner, Homeopathic Educational Services, Berkeley, CA, a homeopathic products and education company, says the best evidence is the clinical research attesting to their safety and efficacy.

Pelton agrees. “Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the research has proven that homeopathy works,” he says.

Consider: A study published in the September 1997 Lancet showed that in 89 trials, homeopathic remedies had a 2.45 times greater effect than placebo. In a 1991 study published in the British Medical Journal, of 107 controlled trials, 81 found homeopathic medicines to be effective.

“Unfortunately,” DiMatteo says, “nobody knows why homeopathy works. We just know that it does.” He then points to a patient for whom homeopathy was the only effective remedy.

“A woman came to me complaining that her 3-year-old son was suffering from chronic ear infections,” he says. “But she didn’t want to use any more [traditional] drugs. After recommending Otoplex,” he says, describing it as a noninvasive, nonthreatening combination homeopathic used to encourage drainage, “my patient is happy.”

March 4th, 2013

Treating Ailments Takes On A New Vision

For several days, Hahnemann took large doses of the drug, carefully recording the various symptoms he experienced. He noticed that the symptoms only lasted a few hours, yet came back each time he repeated a dose; but when cinchona was taken by a healthy person, it brought out symptoms similar to malaria, the disease it cured when given to a malaria sufferer.

hahnemannThese insightful observations prompted Hahnemann to note in his journal that “Cinchona bark, which is used as a remedy for intermittent fever [malaria], acts because it can produce symptoms similar to those of intermittent fever in healthy people.”

Provings. To test out his theory, he gave doses of quinine, which he called “provings,” to people he knew, noting the reactions carefully. He even went on to try other substances, such as arsenic and belladonna.

Hahnemann discovered that the proven responses differed. Some showed a couple of mild symptoms in response, while others had strong reactions with many symptoms. For the symptoms that were most commonly found for each substance, he referred to as the first-line, or keynote, symptoms. Second-line symptoms were not as common, and third-line symptoms were rare.

Drug picture. The “combination of symptoms made up a `drug picture’ for each compound being tested,” say Lockie and Geddes. Hahnemann continued to perform his experiments and carry out his provings, testing a range of natural compounds.

He would ask many questions — about their symptoms, about what made them feel better (or worse), about lifestyle habits, and even about their outlook on life. This all allowed Hahnemann to draw a detailed “symptom picture” of each patient.

Symptom picture. He would then match a person’s “symptom picture” to the “drug picture” of different substances. When he was confident that he had established the best, and closest, match, he would only then prescribe a remedy.

Homeopathy went on to prove itself with: cholera, typhoid, yellow fever, scarlet fever, and Ebola virus, to name a few of the epidemics against which this medicine has achieved a measure of success. It also helped with less life-threatening problems, such as seasonal allergies.

Having rediscovered, and successfully applied, the ancient principle of Similia Similibus Curentur (like cures like) — the Law of Similars — Hahnemann ushered in, and established, a new system of medicine.

A new principle for a `new’ medicine

Since the first concepts of this new medicine needed to be set down properly, Hahnemann developed A New Principle for Ascertaining the Curative Powers of Drugs and Some Examination of Previous Principles, which was published in 1796 and the Organon of Rational Medicine (1810).

As time went by, and as he wrote new works, the principles evolved, including:

The minimum dose. With the original purpose of diluting remedies to the point where they will not cause an aggravation of the person’s symptoms, Hahnemann discovered that he could dilute remedies to a degree where, through Avogardo’s Hypothesis, it can be assumed that not a single molecule of the original medication is left. The repeated process of subdivision and dilution with succussion (shaking) is known as potentiation.

The single remedy? The goal of homeopathy is to treat each person’s complex symptom picture with a remedy that, the effects of which, most closely resemble the symptoms of the “disease.”

A new picture emerges

Just as “conventional” medicine should be broad enough to be able to embrace new concepts and improvements, homeopathy is powerful enough to allow a variety of approaches to homeopathic treatment, including: classical homeopathy (with the use of single remedies, one by one), along with two variations: complex/clinical and isopathy and new homeopathy. Classical/clinical-approach “homeopathic remedies are applied to conventional disease classifications, and practitioners try to treat every symptom complex with a different remedy” (with only a few symptoms matched to each remedy), according to “Here’s to Your Health,” June 1997.

Isopathy incorporates both disease causes and biological processes into the homeopathic method, which can include preparing remedies from diseased tissues or secretions.

The “new homeopathy.” Today, homeopathy also includes the use of combination remedies, the addition of herbal juices/extracts, the addition of flower essences, and other applications, including use in ointments, tinctures, lotions, sprays, and salves, as well as a variety of other, rather hybrid, yet effective, “marriages.”

How are homeopathic remedies made and how do they work.

Homeopathic remedies are made from plant, mineral, and animal substances, diluted in varying degress to avoid annoying side effects (or “aggravations” of symptoms). As we have learned, the more dilute the remedies are, the more powerfully — and deeply — they work.

Quantum science has come the closest in explaining how this could be true, with the concept of “submolecular imprinting” or “submolecular patterning” in subtle bioenergetic ultramolecular “photographs” of the original molecules.

A “fundamental shift” from disease to health. As Robert Ullman, N.D., and Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, N.D., explain in their wonderful book, Homeopathic Self-Care: the Quick & Easy Guide for the Whole Family (1997), “Homeopaths seek the medicine that will result in a fundamental shift in the [whole] person from disease to health.” They elaborate: “Homeopaths seek to bring about genuine healing. The conventional approach, though well intentioned, often temporarily rids the individual of an annoying symptom only to have it return, perhaps even stronger, once the conventional medicine is discontinued.”

The `hard to treat’ made treatable

One of the great achievements of so-called “alternative” medicines has been the ability to successfully treat hard-to-treat, and chronic, conditions, including allergies.

Allergies: the research is bearing it out. The homeopathic approach to allergies is “once again, based on the understanding that symptoms are the body’s effort to correct an imbalance in the system,” said Dana Ullman, M.P.H., in his book, Discovering Homeopathy: Medicine for the 21st Century (1991).

“Rather than controlling or suppressing the symptoms, the homeopath prescribes a microdose of an individually chosen substance that has the capacity to create symptoms similar to those the allergic person is experiencing.”

In a 1991 review article which appeared in the British Medical Journal, Dutch researchers analyzed 107 controlled clinical-research studies on homeopathy carried out from 1966 through 1990.

 

February 3rd, 2013

Homeopathic Products Continue To Shine

Homeopathic products are much more akin to over-the-counter drugs than dietary supplements, according to Borneman, and are regulated accordingly.

novogen-logoOne company that has made a name for itself in the herbal remedy market is Novogen Inc., which offers botanically based products for menopause and prostate health. The supplier’s Promensil, with phytoestrogens (plant estrogens, particularly those known as isoflavones), promises relief for menopausal women, while Novogen’s Trinovin is formulated with isoflavones to promote prostate health.

“The phytoestrogen area is the fastest-growing subcategory within herbals,” remarks Warren Lancaster, Novogen’s vice president for North America. “It will expand rapidly this year.”

Lancaster says the segment will be propelled by competition and growing support from the scientific community. In both the women’s and men’s health arenas there is enormous potential for phytoestrogen-based products, he asserts.

The executive adds that it is vital to inform pharmacists about the clinical support for phytoestrogens and isoflavones. “There’s a move back toward having pharmacists out in front of the counter to talk to consumers, and they need to know about these products and have confidence in the drug items that they’re recommending.”

The natural health craze, which shows no signs of abating, is causing more and more Americans to seek natural remedies to treat a wide variety of ailments. Many of these products take the form of herbal supplements targeting problems ranging from depression to high blood pressure.

In addition, at least one supplier is marketing supplements that work in conjunction with prescription medications to promote overall wellness.

“Short- and long-term usage of common prescription drugs can significantly deplete vitamin and mineral resources within the body and may affect overall health,” says a spokesman for Drug Services Co., manufacturer and marketer of the RxAdvantage line of dietary supplements. The line is intended to be used as a complement to prescription remedies in order to restore nutrients that are depleted when patients use one of six common categories of therapeutic treatments.

The RxAdvantage products — which are designed to counter the negative effects of oral contraceptives, antibiotics, and diabetes, cholesterol, hypertension and anti-inflammatory medications — are the latest in a long line of herbal formulations made from all-natural ingredients are aimed at addressing specific health conditions.

Predominantly, these products tend to be herbal supplements, such as Saint-John’s-wort or echinacea, and are targeted to such problems as depression or weakened immune systems.

While the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 stipulated that herbs and plant-derived substances could be sold as dietary supplements as long as their manufacturers did not make any therapeutic claims, thus forbidding suppliers to list these items as remedies, consumers tend to view them as natural alternatives to traditional prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Among the dozens of items that fall into that category are such items as Pharmaton Natural Health Products’ new Prostatonin, a supplement for urinary and prostate health, described by a company spokesman as “the rising star in prostate health sales.” Formulated with pygeum africanum and nettle extracts, Prostatonin has been shown to promote normal urinary patterns, help manage frequent urination at night, and support prostate health.

In addition, Pharmaton has launched Ginkoba M/E (mental energy), with the billing “not just another ginkgo.” The product is specially formulated with proprietary forms of ginkgo biloba and ginseng to increase mental-processing speed, improve the brain’s ability to retain information and to work even after hours of demanding mental activity.

Similar products promising the same benefits, as well as dozens of other herbal formulations aimed at helping manage different illnesses, are being marketed by scores of other suppliers in a host of delivery systems. Among the more unusual is IVC Industries Inc.’s LiquaFil line of soft-gel herbal supplements.

A recent extension of the LiquaFil brand saw the addition of eight herbs, including Saintiohn’s-wort, gingko biloba, garlic, green tea extract, evening primrose oil, saw palmetto, echinacea and echinacea with goldenseal.

In addition, IVC plans to introduce a host of other herbal items later this year. including Cholestat C.V., a cholesterol-lowering product that also helps promote a healthy cardiovascular system.

Another innovative delivery system has been developed by Drug Services. Called LipoMist, the spray technology is said to be one of the most efficient ways of getting supplements into a person’s system.

“Tablets, liquids and gelatin capsules are all designed to be absorbed through the digestive tract,” notes a company spokesman.

“Absorption through the digestive tract is an unreliable and inefficient means of getting supplements into the body,” he says, because the time it takes to be absorbed into the bloodstream causes them to break down chemically and have a diminished effect. The spokesman notes that by getting supplements into a person’s system more quickly and efficiently LipoMist technology produces better results.

SAM-’e Promises To Shake Things Up

There is a new dietary supplement on store shelves that, says Pharmavite Corp. executive Greg Andrews, “is going to blow the doors off this industry.”

It’s SAM-e, and Andrews, director of marketing for the Nature Made brand, notes, “It’s definitely got the ear of every buyer in the market. One of our major retailers put it not only on a shelf, but in four other locations around the store as well. We’re starting to see banners on marquees out front saying ‘yes we have SAM-e.’ Retailers are starting to use it as a traffic builder. It’s that big.”

SAM-e (S-adenosylmethioinine), which is marketed by Pharmavite under the Nature Made label, occurs naturally in all cells, but is unavailable in significant quantities from food. In more than 75 clinical studies involving over 24,000 people it has been shown to promote joint health, mobility and emotional well-being, according to Andrews. He says that in Italy, where SAM-e is manufactured with a patented process, it outsells Eli Lilly and Co.’s antidepressant Prozac.