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Analysis of Chinese herbal creams prescribed for dermatological conditions

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 27 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:563

Rapid Response:

Validity of study?

I question the basic validity of the study as it was done based on
materials brought in by patients. These products could have been
adulterated before the study began.

To me, it would be preferable to purchase the product "off the

This is in no way to deny that there can be problems from imported
products; that is always a possibility.

Thankk you.

Competing interests: No competing interests

20 March 1999
Helene Sorkin
Saguaro Clinic