APPENDIX 2: Possible Reactions Between Herbs and Drugs In the Chinese medical literature, reports of adverse interactions between drugs and herbs are not found even though there appears to be openness in the reporting of adverse reactions to herbs themselves. Yet, it is well-established that some pharmaceutical products should not be combined with other pharmaceutical products due to production of adverse effects, and that mixing certain pharmaceuticals with commonly-consumed substances can also have a negative impact on the drug therapy. As examples of the latter:
These baths, full bath, sitz bath, footbath, local wash, are good for rheumatic problems, lumbago, paralysis, liver ailments, gout, and gravel problems, gas, bladder problems, colic, depression, bedwetting, tired or chronically cold feet, skin diseases, flaky skin, frostbite, chilblains, wounds, canker sores, fever blisters, eczema, shingles, and eye problems. Culpeper claims that a poultice will help the itch and leprosy; also, a paste of oats boiled with vinegar takes away freckles and spots on the skin. Research, recently, has shown that oatbran, and to a lesser extent oatmeal, can help to reduce abnormally high blood cholesterol levels.
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