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Safety of complementary medicines should be monitored

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 02 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:633
  1. Guy Vautier,
  2. R C Spiller
  1. Registrar in gastroenterology Consultant physician Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, University Hospital, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2UH

    EDITOR,--As Western medicine accepts the role of complementary treatments, should not these alternatives be expected to conform to the stringent safety standards expected of orthodox drugs? We ask this in the light of three cases illustrating the toxic effects of Chinese herbal remedies.

    Firstly, Kane et al recently reported two cases of hepatotoxicity associated with the use of herbal and plant extract remedies.1 Secondly, we wish to report a …

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