posted on Aug, 27 2005 @ 06:51 AM
I'd support more clinical trials for one main reason: the end result, if efficacy was proven, might be that the product would be regulated and thus
be of a consistent, guaranteed quality, purity and dosage.
So far, this isn't happening. There's no guarantee (and indeed, no safeguards in place to ensure such) that the St John's Wort you bought two
months ago was of the same quality/purity as the bottle you bought today.
With regards to the drug company/herbals conspiracy, you might be interested in the German E Monologues.
In Germany, not only are pharmaceuticals, as we know them, paid for by the National Health Insurance, but some natural products are paid for as well.
In order for natural products to be paid for by the German National Health Insurance, it has to be voted upon and approved by the German E Commission.
If a natural product appears on the E List, it is fairly certain that the natural product will be effective for the use for which it is advertised.
Also, the natural product's safety in the listed dose has been established. To summarise, herbals are not only tested and approved, they're
sold/provided as legitimate medical aids.
With regards to herbals in general....well, my experience has been that some work by a quantifiable physiological action (ginger increases blood flow,
etc), some work by placebo (echinacea by all accounts), some probably do both, and some just don't work at all (too many to list).
[edit on 27-8-2005 by Tinkleflower]