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Rapid response to:


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:

Yes But

Doctors in the orient have practiced for thousands of years mixing
their own prescriptions. With the advent of highly refined chemical
medicines and botanical extractions this Chinese practice goes on and one
finds herbal and prescription medicines mixed together in some
preparations made in the orient or dispensed by one of that culture. The
physician who paints all herbal therapy with a blackened brush and insists
on strict government controls for all such things is simply being
hysterical based on evidence of a discrete situation that does need better
management. Holding all herbal and naturopathic pharmaceuticals to
accurate labeling standards is not only a worthy principle it is an
essential ingredient of medico-legal public policy. Holding learned and
honorable natural methods health care hostage to principles and practices
appropiate to conventional modern medicine is to disenfranchise
fundamental personal authority and rational opportunity for self-care.
Let's correct the inappropiate and work the genuine problem in the size
that it is.

Competing interests: No competing interests

05 March 1999
Ned Hoke
private practice