Table: Take Two Dong Quais And Call Me In The Morning

HERB       USE                   COMMENTS
      
      COMFREY    Wound healer,         Widely sold. May cause liver damage
                 antiulcerant,         when taken internally; linked to at
                 blood purifier        least one fatality. Banned in Canada.
      
      DONG QUAI  Various gynecological Popular Chinese plant. Hasn't been
                 complaints            shown to be effective.
      
      MA HUANG   Nasal congestion      Effective, but can raise blood
                                       pressure and speed up the heart.
      
      FEVERFEW   Migraine, arthritis   Lacks long-term toxicity tests to
                                       determine safety.
      
      GINSENG    Aphrodisiac, anemia   No proven efficacy for humans.
                 fighter
      
      YUCCA      Arthritis             Probably harmless, but hasn't been
                                       proven effective.
      
      DATA: THE HONEST HERBAL, VARRO E. TYLER, PURDUE UNIVERSITY
      

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