Is It Good Medicine?

HERBS HAVE BEEN USED FOR CENTURIES TO HELP THE SICK IN COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA. THEY CAN HEAL, BUT THEY CAN HURT YOU TOO

If you've ever nursed a cold with hot tea and honey, jump-started the day with a cappuccino, or soothed a sore throat with a mentholated cough drop, you've practiced herbal medicine. These remedies are so much a part of our daily routine that no one thinks them flaky. Nor do most doctors mind that you use them--as long as you don't overdo it. So why are so many U.S. physicians reluctant to recommend herbal supplements? Is it just a matter of ignorance and provincialism?

No. Physicians have legitimate concerns about the safety, efficacy and potential misuse of the herbal products that...

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