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Review
, 319 (7216), 1050-3

ABC of Complementary Medicine: Herbal Medicine

Review

ABC of Complementary Medicine: Herbal Medicine

A Vickers et al. BMJ.

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  • BMJ 1999 Nov 27;319(7222):1422

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Until a century ago most effective medicines were plant based
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Chinese herbalism is the most prevalent of the traditional herbal practices in Britain
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Herbal remedies are available in a wide variety of formulations
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A substantial evidence base supports the use of St John’s wort for treating mild to moderate depression
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The dramatic responses of some patients’ eczema after treatment by Dr Luo at the London Chinese Medical Centre prompted dermatologists to undertake randomised controlled trials of the herbal treatment
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Several herbal products interact with conventional drugs—such as echinacea (left) with anabolic steroids and valerian (right) with barbiturates
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Several herbal products interact with conventional drugs—such as echinacea (left) with anabolic steroids and valerian (right) with barbiturates
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Many herbal prescriptions are individually formulated and dispensed by herbal practitioners themselves

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