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November 7, 1980

The Far-Away Look

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Scientific Publications, American Medical Association, Chicago.

JAMA. 1980;244(18):2053-2054. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310180019023

MY PATIENT explained it to me this way. "First, you identify your complaint or the area that you want to work on. Then you go to a chart in a natural foods store to see which herb combination is recommended. Since I have high blood pressure, I found this listing on the chart."


HERBS: Cayenne, Parsley, Ginger Root, Golden Seal Root, Garlic and Siberian Ginseng.

PHYSIOLOGIC ACTION: Promotes overall blood circulation and tends to normalize high or low pressure to the body's normal level. Cholesterol build-up in the blood vessels can also be reduced.1

Trying hard not to sound overly critical (but failing), I inquire of my patient what evidence is offered that this herbal remedy will be effective for his hypertension.

"People swear by these herbs," he tells me. "Besides, herbs have been used in folk medicine for millennia. What better proof can