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"She buys into that crap. The way I see it those things may help prevent you from getting sick in the first place (though I don't buy that either) but once you have it you have it and your immune system is going to fight it the same way regardless of how much echinacea you ingest. Echinacea is NASTY (my mom used to give it to us all the time, mixed in OJ... it still was nasty!) so I won't touch the stuff." - colovion


My first two years (1980-82) working in Biomedical Research and Lab Animal Medicine was spent at the University of Georgia School of Pharmacy as the Superviser for their little Lab Animal Facility up on the roof of the building. There was a display down in the lobby that showed all kinds of "herbs" that were originally used as medicine. For instance Aspirin originally came from Willow Bark. Many heart remedies originally came from plants. Digitalis, a heart medication, originally came from Foxglove. Some anti-helmentics also originally came from plants.

Anthelmintic Herbs Info from Gaines Nutrition
Anthelmintic herbs are herbs that have the ability to destroy intestinal worms and parasites. There are two categories of anthelmintics: 1) vermicides, which are ...

I rarely get sick but when I do I usually use the remedies my mom used, hot tea, crushed ice with lemon and sugar, tylenol (or aspirin), and my own additional is to eat hot spicey food to make my eyes and nose water to help clear out my sinuses. My old boss at the UT Vet School told me that tea has theophylline in which helps the sinuses also. She was from Germany so I imagine that they use a lot of "herbal" remedies also.

Digitalis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The best-known species is the common foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. This biennial plant is often grown as an ornamental plant due to its vivid flowers which ...

History of Aspirin
Aspirin or acetylsalicylic acid, is a derivative of salicylic acid that is a mild, ... before the active ingredient in willow bark was isolated; in 1828, Johann Buchner, ...

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