Alternative Herbal Therapy Resource

Where to find reliable information, on the Internet and in print, about herbal remedies.

Kelly Anne Spratt, D.O., Director of Women's Cardiovascular Health at the University of Pennsylvania Presbyterian Medical Center, answers your questions.

Q. Do you know of a Web site for checking out the possibilites of having adverse reactions from prescriptions while also taking herbal/natural remedies?

A. Check out, the Web site sponsored by the publisher of the "PDR" -- the Physician's Desk Reference, the main resource for health professionals regarding all drugs. (Note: you must register to access some information, and need to subscribe to the service to access some parts of the site.)

There is also a companion volume titled PDR for Herbal Medicines, which discusses not only each medicinal plant but also interactions between herbal and prescription medicines. This sounds like a resource you might want for your own bookshelf.

Any time you want to mix an herbal remedy with a prescription medication, however, the safest course of action is to check with your doctor, even if you find a printed source that says it's okay.

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