U.K: Your Health is No Longer Your Choice!

U.K:  Your Health is No Longer Your Choice!

By Hwaa Irfan

The month April 2011 ended with the E.U. rules over herbal medicines becoming effective. The result is that the 6 million British people who have made herbal remedies their health choice over the past 2 years, will have to think again, or take greater care of their health. The argument’s emanating from the insecurities of allopathic medicine have been polished to one that reflects concerns over the possible side effects of over-the-counter herbal medicines or contraindicate a treatment from the doctor unlike the endless list of side effects from over-the-counter allopathic medicines.

The ‘concession’ is that long-established medicines will be made available. No longer will one be able to get St. John’s Wort to heal wounds, ease anxieties, or for those challenging menopausal changes, or valerian as a nervine or a sleep aid unless they have been approved under the new regulations involving assessment and approval by the Medicine and Healthcare Regulatory Agency, MHRA, and have been in use within Europe, longer than the EU have been existence, i.e. 30 years.

An unnamed spokesperson from the Department of Health told the BBC:

“We have swiftly introduced a system to register herbal practitioners using unlicensed herbal medicines, so consumers will be able to continue to use unlicensed herbal medicines.”

This comment seems to be a little bit contradictory, either way regulations are in place affecting any traditional herbal treatment deemed as a medicine. The MHRA have a website that one can circumnavigate around instead of popping off to one’s local health food store, herbalist and/pharmacist if one’s herbal medicine is not on the shortlist of 500 recommended herbal medicines, which will carry a THR trademark as sign of approval.

According to those in the know, it seems all Chinese, Indian, and Ayurvedic medicines have been “banned”—oops, not allowed!

For the practitioners of traditional medicines, the license to register, and therefore practice is a prohibitive £100,000  – talk about paranoia! Of course this is not helped by the assumption that anything is natural is harmless like in the case of Belgium where women who attended a slimming centre took Aristolochia which caused liver damage, but 10 cases in 2 years do not constitute abuse an entire label being slapped on herbal medicines, when the practitioner is at fault.

The list of banned herbal medicines includes (noted many are poisons, and some are homeopathic remedies:

–        Aconite (all aconitum species)- can only be made available by a registered doctor/dentist

–        Canadian Hemp (Apocynum cannabinium) – can only be sold in the presence of a registered pharmacist

–        Chenopodium (Chenopodium ambrosioides var Anthelminticum)  – can only be sold in the presence of a registered pharmacist

–        Cinchona bark  (Cinchona calisaya/ledgerana/officinalis/succirubra/micrantha)can only be sold in the presence of a registered pharmacist

–        Ephedra (Ephedra sinica, Ephedra equisetina/distachya/intermedia/gerardiana – can only be sold in the presence of a registered pharmacist

–        Foxglove (Digitalis leaf – Digitalis prepared)can only be made available by a registered doctor/dentist

–        Gelsemium (Gelsemium sempervirens)can only be sold in the presence of a registered pharmacist

–        Hyoscyamus (Hyoscyamus niger/albus/muticus) – can only be sold in the presence of a registered pharmacist

–        Ignatia bean (Strychnos ignatii/ cuspida) – can only be made available by a registered doctor/dentist

–        Lobelia (Lobelia inflate)can only be sold in the presence of a registered pharmacist

–        Mistletoe berry (Viscum album)  – can only be sold in the presence of a registered pharmacist

–        Mu Tong/Birthwort (Clematis armandii/Montana)

–        Nux vomica seed/ Poison Nut (Strychnos nux vomica seed)- can only be made available by a registered doctor/dentist

–        Poison Ivy (Rhus radicans) can only be sold in the presence of a registered pharmacist

–        Poison Oak (Rhus toxicodendron)can only be sold in the presence of a registered pharmacist

–        Pomegranate Bark (Punica granatum)- can only be sold in the presence of a registered pharmacist

–        Santonica (Artemisia cina)can only be sold in the presence of a registered pharmacist

–        Slippery Elm Bark (Ulmus fulva/rubra)  – can only be sold in the presence of a registered pharmacist

–        Stavesacre seeds (Delphinium staphisagria) –  can only be sold in the presence of a registered pharmacist

–        Stramonium (Datura stramonium/innoxia) – can only be sold in the presence of a registered pharmacist

More details and a more complete list is here

Sources:

Hughes, D.New EU Regulations on Herbal Medicines Come into Force.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-13215010

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