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Insight on Herbals Eludes Doctors, Patients Alike
Date:4/8/2010

ing prescription drug treatment, and 55 percent said they never ask or do so only occasionally.
  • Only 3 percent of respondents said they know a great deal about herbal medicine regulatory rules, and 85 percent said they believe that herbal medicines are not well regulated.
  • "It's obviously worrying that doctors in general seem to know so little about herbal medicines, given the widespread use of such products," Dr. Ike Iheanacho, editor of the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin, said in a news release from the journal. "The fact that few doctors make a point of asking patients whether they are taking herbal medicines raises further safety concerns. Similarly unsettling is that even when doctors don't know the effects of a herbal medicine a patient is taking, many won't try and look these up."

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    The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about herbal products and supplements.



    -- Robert Preidt



    SOURCE: BMJ Journals, news release, April 7, 2010


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