Herbal Cures: What Works, What Doesn’t Experts sort through the claims so you can make the safest choices

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1. Who’s the best person to ask for advice when buying herbs? Are health-food store clerks trustworthy?

They’re hit-and-miss: Some have substantial nutritional training, while others have none, says Carol L. Roberts, M.D., president-elect of the American Holistic Medical Association. Your best bet is to talk to your doctor. If she isn’t herb-savvy, ask her to recommend a reliable herbal expert or naturopathic physician, recommends Dr. Roberts. You can also find experts listed on these Websites: holisticmedicine.org (the American Holistic Medical Association) and ahha.org (the American Holistic Health Association).

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