Q&A: Macular Degeneration, Dark Eye Circles and Pap Smears

You have questions, we have answers.

| November/December 1999

In every issue of Herbs for Health, professionals from a variety of health-care fields answer your questions about using medicinal herbs. In this issue, Rosemary Gladstar and Jill Stansbury answer your questions on macular degeneration, dark eye circles, and cervical dysplasia.

Rosemary Gladstar, author of Herbal Healing for Women (Simon and Schuster, 1993), and several other books on herbalism, runs Sage Mountain Retreat Center and Native Plant Preserve in East Barre, Vermont. Her experience includes more than twenty years in the herbal ­community as a healer, teacher, visionary, and organizer of herbal events.

Jill Stansbury has been a Naturopathic Physician for more than ten years, with a private practice in Battleground, Washington. She is the chair of the Botanical Medicine Department at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Portland, Oregon, and is the author of many books including Herbs for Health and Healing (Publication International, 1997).

The information offered in “Q & A” is not intended to be a substitute for advice from your health-care provider.


Is there any herb that can help macular degeneration? I have been told the disease may be caused by a lack of zinc.
H. H.
Rolla, Missouri

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