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Dec. 31st, 2010 | 01:34 pm
posted by: elven_ranger in greenliving_uk

In the news , there are big moves to make virtually all medicinal herbs (so think your St Johns Wort, Echinechea, Vervain, Aloe Vera etc etc etc) , illegal, in spring 2011 across the European Union.

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Gluppit the prawling strangles, there

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from: elettaria
date: Jan. 9th, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)

Well, the article is saying illegal unless the herb has been through proper testing. Personally, I'm all in favour of regulating alternative medicines properly, and I've seen far too much nonsense online about herbs being completely harmless, and dreadful things such as people suggesting home herbal abortions, which can be horrifyingly dangerous, and claiming that because they're herbal they're perfectly safe. A number of herbs have been through a hell of a lot of studies, last I checked, so I don't know how many would actually be covered by this legislation. If it did nothing but get rid of homoeopathic "medicines", that alone would be a huge improvement. And if you want to see an example of how dangerous it can be to steer people towards ineffective treatments and away from conventional medicine, read this. As far as I can tell, the woman in question died. This very nearly happened to my mother, who thankfully continued with conventional treatment as well as using homoeopathic stuff, but twenty years later she still thinks it was the homeopathy that cured her, won't hear a word said against it, and I think her previous dog would have lived quite a bit longer had it not been for my mother's belief in quack therapies.

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The Elven Jedi Druid Hippie Arty Ranger :D

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from: elven_ranger
date: Jan. 9th, 2011 01:06 pm (UTC)

At a sky high cost that very few companies can afford, and negating previous testing. So, none.

Personally I have had far better health results from herbal remedies than prescription (which invariably have been zero or negative).
If people are going to take penny royal or somesuch for an abortion or something then thats just retarded, but I wouldnt be working and studying and things if I had blindly relied on prescriptions after my breakdown in 2004. St Johns Wort was the only thing that got me on my feet (metaphorically speaking) again. As soon as I tossed the prescriptions and went onto herbal stuff, I was making a fast recovery. Same with everything from period problems to flu, for me over the years.

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