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Herbal Remedy Questions? Reliable Advice Now Online

ABC News
April 26

By Amita Parashar

Is it true that glucosamine chondroitin relieves arthritis? Or that caffeine may help headaches? The herbal supplement market is a booming business. U.S. consumers spend more than $14 billion on supplements a year. But for people interested in herbal remedies, it can be hard to find accurate information. But a new Natural Medicine Ratings online database from Consumer Reports should help fill the void. For the most part, health experts welcome the new database. "The natural medicine marketplace currently operates on a buyer-beware basis. I think that patients need all the objective guidance they can get where natural medicines are concerned," said Lynn Willis, professor of pharmacology at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. "Unfortunately, the sources of objective information are out numbered by the nonobjective sources."

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