Q. When did Dr. Linda Page start Crystal Star® Herbal Nutrition?

A. Dr. Linda Page founded Crystal Star® Herbal Nutrition products in 1978, and has since herself developed 300 herbal healing formulas. To her credit, Linda Page received six of the first United States Patents ever given for herbal formulations for her female hormone balancing formulas: Est-Aid™Easy Change™Women's Best Friend™Female Harmony™; and Pro Est™ Balance™.
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Q. I have been viewing your products online, and would like to inquire about your Hot Seaweed Bath™. Directions say to use once a week. If a person were trying to get rid of cellulite, would you recommend using the bath more often, and if so, how often? How long at that rate do you think it would take to notice a significant difference? Assuming, of course, lots of water, fiber, skin brushing, regular exercise, low fat, etc.

A. I recommend using the bath twice a week for the best results. You can enhance your results by dry brushing your body all over for 5 minutes before your bath with a natural bristle, dry skin brush. This helps remove toxins from the skin and open pores for nutrient uptake. On this program, you should see some improvement, i.e. less cellulite ripples, better body tone, within 1-2 months. In addition, you may want to try Cellulite Tone caps. They are also very popular.
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Q. Is there a real difference between Men's Healthy Libido™ and Male Performance™? I have both and noticed there are many/most of the same ingredients in both, differing mainly by amount. Is it worthwhile taking both?

A.  Men's Healthy Libido™ was formulated to support immediate sexual energy. Most men use it for a few days to a week before a "date night" to support libido and the sexual experience. Male Performance™ was formulated to support long range sexual endurance and to help men who have libido/performance concerns. It is usually taken for at least 1 month. You can use both products together if you like.
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Q. I'm considering using St. John's wort for depression. Should I be concerned about drug-herb interactions?

A. Yes. Standardized St. John's wort can interfere with many prescription medications. New research reveals standardized St. John's wort can decrease effectiveness of HIV drugs, drugs for organ transplants and cancer, digoxin, statin drugs, warfarin, chemotherapy drugs, tricyclic antidepressants, asthma medicines, and oral contraceptives. Some doctors advise against using the herb before surgery because it reduces effectiveness of anesthetics.

You should not use St. John's wort if you're already taking antidepressant drugs. The combination of St. John's wort and antidepressant drugs may lead to "serotonin syndrome," a condition characterized by confusion, incoordination, and cardiovascular irregularities.

It is not known whether whole St. John's wort used in herbal combinations would have the same effects, but we suggest any customer taking multiple prescriptions consult with their physician before using a St. John's wort combination.  

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Q. How long is a product potent after expiration?

A. We cannot guarantee product potency after expiration. There are too many variables involved that are out of our control. However, here are a few guidelines to help you determine whether your product is still potent:

For our Whole Herb formulas (caps, tea, extracts):
If the product is kept securely closed and in a cool, dry environment, it should be potent for 1-2 years after the expiration date.

For our Dr. Enzyme™ product:
If the product is kept securely closed and in a cool, dry environment, it may be potent up to 1 year after its expiration date.
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Q. Can I continue taking Female Harmony™ during pregnancy?

A. It's okay to take Female Harmony™ caps for pre-conception needs, but our Conceptions™ Tea is even better. Please note that when you conceive, you should discontinue the Female Harmony™, and begin to receive pre-natal care. I also highly recommend the Pregnancy healing program in Linda Page's Healthy Healing 14th Edition.
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Q. I want to know if there is a general rule to follow when going from one detox program to another (i.e., liver detox to colon detox). Should I take a break in between kits, and how often can I repeat the programs?

A. I would suggest waiting a month before moving on to a new cleanse. I only recommend cleansing about 2-4 times a year. Long, unsupervised cleanses can deplete the body of critical nutrients.
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Q. Why are there so many ingredients in your products? It seems the products only offer trace amounts of key ingredients.

A. Crystal Star products are developed according to the principles of traditional herbalism, using specific percentages of primary herbs, secondary herbs, complementary herbs, and catalysts and transporters.

Here's a very short synopsis: We use herbal combinations in order to affect multiple body systems. We include herbs to address symptoms; herbs to strengthen, tone or nourish imbalanced organs, systems, etc.; herbs to address secondary concerns; and catalytic herbs to help deliver these nutrients to the body.

The trace amounts you're referring to, in our belief, are often exactly what the body needs to come back into balance. The body doesn't always need to be dealt a "hammer blow" for healing to take place. Often, the gentle activity of whole herbs used in expert combinations can do the healing trick, which is simply encouraging the body to do its own work, better.

Further, experience has shown us that high doses of single herbs or standardized herbs tend to have more of a drug-like activity and a higher likelihood of side effects and interactions.

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Q. I practice Bikram Yoga. It is yoga practiced in 1 1/2 hour sessions, in a room heated to approximately 106-110 degrees. As you might guess, profuse sweating takes place. Are toxins released during the sweating? If so, would it be better to wipe off the sweat to keep the toxins from being reabsorbed, or just leave it to perform it's cooling task? 

A. The question of wiping during Bikram yoga is largely a matter of preference. My main recommendation is to encourage a cool shower afterwards to stimulate immune response, improve cardiovascular activity, and to cleanse toxins from the skin. It has been documented in clinical studies that saunas, exercise and other high heat activities do release toxins such as PCBs and heavy metals in the body.
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Q. I'm a naturopath considering going into Wellness Consulting. Do insurance companies reimburse for naturopathic consulting? 

A. In most states, insurance does not cover naturopathic consultations. Naturopaths who partner up with chiropractors or medical doctors may be able to receive some compensation, depending on the situation. Still, it is important to note that many people are willing to pay for naturopathic consultation, even without insurance benefits.

I suggest you review the Coalition for Natural Health's website for updates on legislative issues that might affect you as well as info on the practice of traditional naturopathy.

Good luck with your important work.
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Q. I have a uterine fibroid cyst and it can be quite painful. I have taken Women's Best Friend™ and I love it. I know there is a particular regimen that I need to follow. Please help! 

A. In the case of fibroids, I suggest you first consult with a health professional to determine the treatment that's right for you. Whole herb combinations can be helpful for some women because they can support ovarian and uterine health. Here's the suggested program: Women's Best Friend™ 6 caps daily for 2 months, then switch to Fibro Defense™ as directed for 3 months.

Protease Enzyme therapy also shows good results for enhancing immune response. Consider Dr. Enzyme™ as directed between meals. Note: Protease may thin the blood. Do not use if you plan on having surgery, if you have a blood clotting disorder or if you are taking blood thinning medication.
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Q. Does Cellulite Tone work on its own or should I take something else with it? 

A.  Cellulite Tone does work well on its own. However, for the best results, I recommend following the diet and lifestyle support suggestions for cellulite in the Skin Health section in Healthy Healing 14th Edition by Linda Page Ph.D., Traditional Naturopath.
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Q: Can I use Crystal Star formulas together? 

A: We receive this question all the time and I have great news: Our formulas can be used together! Many herbs work synergistically together. We recommend using 3 or 4 Crystal Star formulas at a time for the best results.

Q: What is the different between Bladder Comfort and Bladder Control? 

A: Bladder Comfort is for people who are prone to urinary tract health concerns. It contains herbs, which cleanse and support kidney health. Bladder Control is designed to support urinary muscle elasticity and tone for people with occasional bladder leakage concerns. 

Q: What schools of natural healing do you recommend for aspiring naturopaths and herbalists? 

A: For herbal schools, I like Michael Tierra’s East West School of Herbology and David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies. For aspiring naturopaths, Trinity School of Natural Healing is a good choice.