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Clinician’s Corner: Saw Palmetto

Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) is characterized by too frequent urination, having trouble starting or maintaining urination, and needing to urinate during the night. The urethra, the tube that “drains” urine from the body, runs through the prostate gland in men. When the prostate gland is enlarged, obstruction of the...

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Clinician’s Corner: GINKGO BILOBA

Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common cause of dementia and affects as many as 5.1 million Americans age 65 and older in the U.S., may triple in the next 40 years. Many of our caregivers, sometimes out of desperation will turn to herbals or over the counter supplements...

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Clinician’s Corner: St. John’s Wort

We treat a lot of depression at Thompson Pharmacy with the help of our local physicians.  Patients may ask if they can treat themselves with over the counter herbal supplements. Common Names:  St. John’s wort, hypericum, Klamath weed, goatweed. Antidepressant activity of SJW is attribute to its hyperforin content, which...

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Clinician’s Corner: Feverfew

Feverfew—might have some effect in migraines Petasites is a genus of flowering plants in the sunflower family, that are commonly referred to as butterburs and coltsfoots. Feverfew is ranked #19 as the most often used herb in the US. This indicates that it may have anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties. EVIDENCE...

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Clinician’s Corner: Echinacea

Echinacea is one of the top five herbs that our patients have questions about.  Like all products we sell it does come with a few warnings that might not make it appropriate therapy for a select group of patients.  Efficacy seems to be another issue. Ecinacea  is commonly known...

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Clinician’s Corner: Cinnamon

Instead of all those pills, can I take a natural product for my Type-2 diabetes? Cinnamon fits into both the food and medicinal herb categories.  We have our “Cinnamon Toast Crunch” (my kids favorite) cereal for breakfast, and we sell cinnamon in our herbal section to improve glycemic control...

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Clinician’s Corner: Turmeric

As many of our patients are looking for natural alternatives to the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Naproxen, Ibuprofen and Celebrex®, we get a lot of questions about turmeric. Common Name: Indian saffron, curcuma which is related to ginger, and grown throughout India, other parts of Asia, and Central America....

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Clinician’s Corner: Herbal Therapy

Herbal therapy is complicated. So often it is difficult to see any benefit from Herbal therapy, while side effects seem to appear rapidly.  Recommending these products can be particularly challenging, given the fact we seem to have better pharmacotherapeutic choices in the prescription department. Best website I’ve found: National...

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Clinician’s Corner: Opioid induced constipation

TREATMENT FOR OPIOID INDUCED CONSTIPATION: Numerous side effects are commonly seen with narcotic pain pills (opioids) use such as euphoria, respiratory depression, drowsiness, stomach upset and constipation. Of all the common side effects associated with narcotic use, the patient never develops a tolerance to constipation.  Opioid induced constipation (OIC)...

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