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Herbal Substitutes for Common Medications

By Christopher Hobbs

Part of Herbal Remedies For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you’re looking for an herbal remedy as an alternative for some common medications, take a look at this chart to see what can be substituted. See your doctor or herbalist about persistent, serious conditions.

Medication Herbal Alternative
Pain reliever White willow, meadowsweet
Daytime cold medication Echinacea, goldenseal
Nighttime cold medication Loquat syrup
Stomachache/gas reliever Black walnut, chamomile
Sleep aid Kava, valerian
Anxiety reliever California poppy, kava
Anti-depressant St. John’s wort
Antibiotic Usnea, goldenseal