BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 20 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:133

Alternative medicine was first officially recognised in Russia in 1993, after which it became legal to teach and practise it. Yet traditional folk remedies had always been common in the former Soviet Union. Western medicines were expensive and often inaccessible. Most rural Russians still collect herbs and grasses and brew their own remedies for …

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