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“Herbal medicines are currently quite popular; consumers are spending billions on them each year. Enthusiasts praise them as natural and safe, while skeptics often see them as little more than glorified placebos. The general public is frequently confused by such controversies, by a plethora of misinformation, and by the bewildering categories of medicines derived from herbs. Here I will try to clear up some of this confusion by explaining what the different categories are.” Includes a critical look at Bach Flower Remedies, anthroposophical medicines (developed by Rudolf Steiner), and the way the public frequently confuses homeopathic remedies with herbal medicine. Edzard Ernst, Skeptical Enquiry (January /February 2012)