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Ask Dr. Gott 12/29
Pharmacist recommends remedy for hemorrhoids
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     DEAR DR. GOTT: As a retired pharmacist, I would like to pass along a remedy for those who faithfully read your column.
    For people suffering from varicose veins and hemorrhoids, there is a product called Rutin. When I was in pharmacy school, I ran across Rutin by accident. However, it has been a blessing to many of my customers. After recommending it, they return to my pharmacy time after time to thank me, stating it provides true relief. Rutin is a bioflavonoid used for varicose veins, hemorrhoids, reducing capillary permeability and fragility and preventing strokes. As with all medicine, including natural remedies, Rutin should be taken only as directed on the package.
    The reference indicated no known interaction with drugs, lab tests or disease conditions, so hopefully this will be a blessing for some of your readers.
    DEAR READER: Rutin (vitamin P) is used for poor blood circulation, hemorrhoids, Meniere’s disease, varicose veins and skin bruising. It falls into a class of water-soluble plant pigments with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiallergenic, antiviral and anticarcinogenic properties. Rutin is abundant in buckwheat, apricots, cherries, prunes and rose hips. It is a greenish/yellow, solid substance.
    You are correct that the product should be taken only according to package directions. Side effects from improper dosages include heart palpitations, dizziness, headaches, hair loss, muscle stiffness, dry mouth, lightheadedness, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation and more. When taken properly, it has been reported to bring relief from pain. I am always interested in readers’ experiences with unusual products that produce positive results. Thank you for your input about this little-known bioflavonoid.

    DEAR DR. GOTT: Please let your readers know the results of your self-experiment with cinnamon to control cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood.
    DEAR READER: Cinnamon was originally thought to lower cholesterol levels; however, studies have been released indicating there is no justifiable basis, nor are there positive results to report. While the product has worked for some people, others have indicated a complete lack of success. Personally speaking, cinnamon was of no benefit to me; therefore, I no longer endorse it.
    There are other alternative remedies, including omega-3 fish oil, flaxseed, flaxseed oil, niacin, CQ10, and more. As you might expect, success varies from person to person with these products. Speak with your physician to determine which, if any, might be worth a try. Otherwise, be guided by the prescription medication he or she recommends.
    To give you related information, I am sending you copies of my Health Reports “Understanding Cholesterol” and “Dr. Gott’s Compelling Home Remedies.”
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