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Herbal medicines - safe and effective?


Many people use herbal medicines for minor, self-limiting conditions. The failure of orthodox medicines to cure and anxiety about their potentially serious unwanted effects, have led some to turn to herbal medicines for treatment of more chronic and disabling conditions as well, often in the belief, that time-honoured natural medicines must be safe. A recent survey found that general practitioners understood less about herbal medicines than about other disciplines in complementary medicine.1

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