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“There is a big difference between using a scientifically proven herbal medicine for a specific condition and consulting a traditional herbalist, and thus receiving herbal therapy via this route. No good evidence exists to show that the latter approach does more good than harm. These individualized prescriptions are based on obsolete notions straight from the dark ages. In contrast, some herbal medicines are supported by sound evidence…The message for GPs is simple: the next time you are tempted to send a patient to a traditional herbalist, think twice.” Professor Edzard Ernst, Pulse (28th February 2011) [Free registration]