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Top 10 herbs that work

Updated on October 6, 2008

these herbs have good evidence to work

The top 1o herbs that work

1. Echinacea: helps to prevent the common cold and combat cold symptoms.

2. Garlic: lowers cholesterol, reduces viscosity of blood (and heart attack and stroke risks), fights bacteria, may help control high blood pressure and offer protection against colon cancer.

3. Grape seed extract: a good antioxidant and helps reduce heart disease and cancer risks.

4. Kava-kava, may help relieve anxiety.(not approved in UK, see comment by Bard of Ely below)

5. St. John's wort: good for mild depression.

6. Ginkgo biloba: helps to maintain memory and concentration.

7. Cayenne: good for neuralgia, e.g., the tingling pain associated with shingles and post-mastectomy.

8. Ginseng: tunes up energy level, and possible libido.

9. Aloe: only when fresh, helps heal cuts and burns.

10. Saw palmetto: helps to relieve symptoms of an enlarged prostate.


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      MotherGoddessEarth 9 years ago from The Island

      Hi Benson...Keep Smiling... :)

      I take all of these. I've been taking them since 1992 every day. (Kava Kava & St. Johnswort Off and On periodically). This is what saved my life, and I'm the real living proof. Natural is the real way of life...otherwise I wouldn't be alive right now.

      Pau'D arco is also a good one for immune support. Please see my hubs on this, they have a wealth of info, and certainly reinforce yours too! :)

      Welcome, and it's a pleasure to meet you :)

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      quicksand 9 years ago

      Hi Benson, Aloe Vera is said to be an antioxidant too, is it not? Some say it is the panacea for all illnesses ... any truth in this?

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      countrywomen 9 years ago from Washington, USA

      My dad was a great believer in Naturopathy. Good compilation.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      Thanks for the answer Benson, I had always wondered which was better.

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      Benson Yeung 9 years ago from Hong Kong


      it's the same, but you can eat less volume and mass with garlic supplements.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago from France

      Is it the same eating lots of garlic and having garlic supplements?

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      Benson Yeung 9 years ago from Hong Kong

      Dear Bard of Ely,

      thanks for the comment. I have edited my hub, see above.

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      Steve Andrews 9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Good list but kava kava is now banned in the UK!