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Imagine the following are patients in your primary health care practice or in the remote area health care unit were you been assigned to treat:
*The first patient who has the human immunodeficiency virus, has an increasing viral load. He expresses fear of "medicine" but request information on Allium Sativum (garlic) or information about St John's Wort (SJW) in hopes of "naturally" curing his immunodeficiency virus and depression?
*What if your spouse has high cholesterol, and wonder if any herbal remedies might benefit her.
*As we noted earlier, traditional use has revealed sometimes serious toxic effects associated with some common medicinal herbs, on the other hand the traditional use categorized some herbs as generally safe for consumption based on long term and or widespread traditional use without significant side effects. In the remaining part of this lecture we will review some medicinal herbs, their safety and efficacy.