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Are herbal remedies for everyone?

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Bobbie McSheridan owns the Health and Herb Shop in Talladega. She started using herbs nearly 30 years ago.

"There's an herbal remedy for everything," says McSheridan.

McSheridan says a personal bout with ringworm and the recommendation of a friend led her to try herbs as a medicinal cure.

"(My friend) recommended that I use red clover and pardiarco, and it did work, it got rid of my fever blisters, it got rid of my allergies, it got rid of the ringworm and from then on, I was into the herbal (medicine)," McSheridan recalls.

While Dr. Oz has made natural and herbal remedies more popular, the question is, should everyone go natural?

Dr. Rodger Murphree specializes in integrated medicine. Integrative medicine is a combination of traditional medicine and natural medicine.

Murphree has been practicing medicine for more than 22 years, and working with natural medicine for 17 of those years. He'll tell you there's a balance.

"The philosophy of traditional based medicine is to focus on symptoms," says Murphree. "What (physicians) want to do is cover up your symptoms, and there's a time and a place for that. If you have a raging strep throat, you need antibiotics, there's no doubt about that."

Murphree says, there comes a point when natural remedies have to take a back seat.

"They're not for everyone. The reason why is, if you have congestive heart failure, you're going to need to be on medications," says Murphree. "Here is thing though. Is the combination of prescription and natural for everyone? Yes it is."

Bobbie McSheridan will agree. "Pharmaceuticals are necessary for some things, but usually, if you look around and you do your research, you can find there's a better herbal remedy without the side effects."

 

 

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