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05 Oct 2008

status of natural medicines
Dear Dr Debbie

Thank you for the wonderful advice and service that you are giving on this forum. Product recommendations are done freely and confidently that it will assist.

I am a great believer in natural meds/therapies, but whenever I speak to my GP or specialist (esp gynae) about these, they seem to be " anti-natural" . Their argument is that natural medicines have not been proven to work by double-blind clinical trials, apparently the gold standard for evaluation of efficacy and safety of medicines.

I am thus confused as to the status of natural medicines (most have the statement that .....it does not purport to prevent, diagnose or treat any medical condition) and natural practitioners in SA.

Is it ethical and professional for medical practitioners to " bad mouth"  alternative practitioners?

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01 Jan 0001

hi
if you actually look at the Herbal compendium and the nutritional research it is quite overwhelming. just google under scholar any nutrient and you will see how much research has been done. They are not aware of this fact. Alot of those studies has been done on a double blind basis. The statements must be put on the OTC products to protect the suppliers.
Regards
Dr Debbie

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