Drugs don't work?

Forget the spice souk, if you really need herbs and remedies you should let the net take care of your aches and pains

If the ever-increasing focus on Eastern medicine and alternative health practices hasn’t convinced you to rethink your pill-popping habits, perhaps a perusal of www.mamaherb.com will. The recently launched health website is the homeopathic answer to WebMD. The user-run forum is all about which natural health remedies work and which don’t.

After you comb through the database by condition, treatment or ingredients (an A-Z directory lists everything from allergies to zits), your search retrieves a page chock-full of how-to info (how to take supplements, side effects, etc.) and user assessments. Got morning sickness? Six people say pomegranate juice and honey helped them stave off the nasty prenatal side effect. The community portion of the site lists users’ interests (like skin care and mental health) and favorite health tips, plus e-mail addresses and links to personal blogs. Who knows, even if she doesn’t cure your sinus infection, maybe Mama will find a cure for your lonely heart as a social networking site.

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