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Our health: Lanes.

MORE and more people are choosing alternatives to conventional medicines to treat common conditions and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Now the Sunday Mercury has teamed up with Lanes - the herbal remedies expert - to offer you advice. Here Janet Lane, of Gloucester-based Lanes, answers your questions about alternative health and the world of herbal remedies.

Q I HAVE recently been diagnosed as having irritable bowel syndrome and I wondered if you could recommend a suitable herbal treatment which could offer me help?


Bearwood, Birmingham

AIBS is a condition that is becoming increasingly common in today's society. It is widely thought that one reason for this is the increasing levels of stress we are all suffering from today.

With a digestive problem of this kind, it is important that you look closely at your diet. Fibre in the diet is important to maintain regularity of the bowel, but soluble fibres should be used in preference to wheat bran as many sufferers have an intolerance to wheat, and excessive amounts can affect mineral absorption.

Q I HAVE recently started suffering from migraines which seem to be brought on by stress. I would prefer not to use drugs if I can avoid them, and would like to know if there are any herbal treatments that may be suitable?



A I WOULD recommend the herb feverfew which is widely used to treat migraine attacks and is available in tablet form. Look for a product with a standardised parthenolide content as this is thought to be the primary active component.

Q A FRIEND of mine is constantly telling me about the beneficial effects of garlic. Is there any truth to what he says?


Edgbaston, Birmingham

ATHE traditional use of garlic is as a treatment for colds and catarrh. Taken regularly, it can help reduce both the incidence and severity of colds. Garlic has also been used to treat whooping cough and bronchitis.

Try taking capsules with cold water and immediately before food to avoid any problems of odour.

If you would like to ask a question, please write to: Ask Janet, Information Service (IS), GR Lane Health Products Ltd, Freepost, Sisson Road, Gloucester, GL1 3QB. The senders of all published letters will receive a complimentary Olbas Bath, the foam bath with natural vapours of eucalyptus, peppermint and other plant oils. Readers can also reach Lanes via the Internet at:
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Apr 11, 1999
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