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    The evidence applies to all individualised herbal medicine

    In reply to Dr Koprowski's letter, we would like to point out that the absence of rigorous evidence supporting the efficacy of individualised herbal medicine shown by our systematic review remains fact - regardless of how the various types of individualised herbal medicine are categorised. If we had examined only individualised traditional oriental herbal medicine, we would have found even less evidence. If there is "act...

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    A startling inadequacy in the links between the review evidence and the authors’ conclusions.

    Response to: R Guo, PH Canter, E Ernst. A systematic review of randomised clinical trials of individualised herbal medicine in any indication. Postgrad Med J 2007;83:633-637

    From: Ally Broughton Bsc (Hons) MNIMH Director of Research for, and Member of, the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) Contact: ally.broughton@blueyonder.co.uk

    I am a trained herbal practitioner of 12 years and teach resea...

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    Oriental Medicine Doctors Licensed As Primary Care Providers in the U.S.

    Thank you, Peter Canter, for your e-letter in the Postgraduate Medical Journal.

    We find it somewhat shocking that you think herbal medicines are no better than a "placebo." This belies the facts.

    In America, in states like Florida, acupuncturists are licensed as "acupuncture physicians" and are considered by medical regulatory authorities to be primary care practitioners, who can also dispense herbs, a...

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    Systematic review of individualised herbal medicine misunderstood
    • Peter H Canter, Research Fellow
    • Other Contributors:
      • Ruoling Guo, Edzard Ernst

    Dear Editors

    We thank E. J. Koprowski for her/his comments on our recent systematic review of individualised herbal medicine which reveal that s/he has totally misunderstood the nature of our review in several respects.

    Firstly, we were not at all interested in homeopathy as s/he seems to believe. We can only surmise that s/he is confusing homeopathy with Western medical herbalism which was included....

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    Fatally Flawed Study Design in Herbal Medicine Review Article

    Dear Editors,

    A recent article, A systematic review of randomized clinical trials of individualized herbal medicine in any indication, published in October, 2007 in the Postgraduate Medical Journal, by R. Guo , P. H. Canter , E. Ernst, of the Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter & Plymouth, Exeter, U.K., warns public health authorities that the effectiveness of individualized, herbal medicine...

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