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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsBotany · 6 months ago

Are medical doctors allowed to prescribe herbal remedies to patients?

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  • 6 months ago

    A doctor can prescribe a diet or other options, including herbal remedies, if it is supportable by valid science (medicine). It is arguably illegal for a doctor to prescribe methodologies or treatments which lack any proof of benefit and lack of detriment, because of the ethical constraints and the "first do no harm" mandate.

    Typically, the doctor would not prescribe such a possible remedy, but might suggest one, with the open declaration that the medical science is not clear as to the efficacy (when the lack of harm is still demonstrated). Any doctor that prescribes or recommends something which is potentially harmful without maintaining direct oversight of the patient would be failing in his duty of care, whether or not that drug or treatment is approved or not.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Herbal remedies don't need a prescription. If a doctor thought one would help you, he/she would just tell you to buy it for yourself (as herbal remedies are not available through NHS prescription).

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