The main casulties of the directive seem to be Chinese medicines and Ayurvedic medicines. These will not be available after April 2011. From a conventional medicne point of view, I understand the EU's concerns over Chinese medicine. The problem is that even I have encountered patients who have symptoms caused by Chinese creams containing undisclosed amounts of steroids, teas containing lead contaminants and patients being diagnosed with liver and kidney complications due to Chinese herbal concotions.
I have no knowledge of Ayurvedic medicines so I can't comment.
Before anyone states the obvious, I am fully aware of the problems that arise from conventional medicines, adverse drug reactions and allergies that range from rashes to fatalities. And I agree it doesn't seem fair to strip anyone of their freedom of choice, but there does need to be something done to protect the public.
The MHRA (as above)are going through the off the shelf remedies to see if they are of a suitable standard. More are added periodically.
EU to Ban Medicinal Herbs from April 2011
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