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Why herbal medicines need regulation

‘The great thing about herbal medicines,’ someone once told me, ‘is that they have no side effects.’ Apart from death, unwanted pregnancy, haemorrhage, heart palpitations, skin reactions, vomiting and diarrhoea, depending on the herb and dosage, I replied. You can see why I’m popular at parties. Herbal medicines, like pharmaceutical medicines, have lots of effects. […]