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Doctors urge more regulation for herbal treatments

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7162.833a (Published 26 September 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:833
  1. Scott Gottlxieb
  1. New York

    People trying to treat their own ailments with poorly tested herbal medicines have become severely ill, according to six separate reports published in the New England Journal of Medicine, prompting calls for greater regulatory scrutiny of these alternative treatments.

    Lead poisoning, impotence, and abnormal heart rhythms were among the disorders described as resulting from toxic contaminants or from the presence of potent drugs unwittingly mixed into products that were labelled “all natural,” according to …

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