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December 2002

Herbal Is Not Synonymous With Safe

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Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002

Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(12):1613. doi:10.1001/archderm.138.12.1613

It was with great interest that we read the review on herbal therapy by Bedi and Shenefelt.1 This comprehensive review details studies on efficacy and reports on the potentially adverse effects from Chinese herbal medicines but was not able to address patient perception of these treatments owing to lack of published data. We believe this is an important area and have recently conducted our own study.