The things you notice once you start studying a new subject are quite interesting. Before I started studying and sampling herbs for my study course, I didn't pay much attention to warnings on things about what not to take. However, I'm having back surgery - a laminectomy - in a couple of weeks and my pre-surgery sheet says I must stop taking a number of things at least four days before the procedure. Among them are St. John's Wort, Echinacea, Gingeng, Black Licorice, Gingko and "herbals." Having just sampled Echinacea Root today and done some research on its properties, I find that it's good for all acute inflammatory conditions. Most certainly, my spinal nerves are inflamed. So now I just need to find out why that wouldn't help rather than hurt.
One advantage of working in hospice is that I get to play with all the therapy dogs. This is Asher, a Corgi.