October 1996 Issue

Herbal Teas Brew Up Proven Benefits, Potential Risks

The leaves, roots, seeds and bark of plants -- as teas, tinctures or poultices -- have alleviated symptoms for eons. It wasn't until early in this century -- and only in Western cultures -- that modem pharmaceuticals supplanted herbal remedies with synthetic drugs containing precise amounts of isolated substances. How times have changed. The high cost of prescription drugs, fueled by an increasing interest in preventive medicine, has driven many consumers back to

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