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J Epidemiol Community Health. 2007 August; 61(8): 718.
PMCID: PMC2653001

Natural alternatives

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Figure 1 Chinese Medicine Centre with pharmacy next door.

Patients may choose alternative medicine because it is more congruent with their own values, beliefs and philosophical orientations,1 or because of concerns about possible side effects of conventional treatments.2 Whatever the evidence of the efficacy3 or safety4 of Chinese medicines, there is certainly a convenient choice of alternatives in Glasgow, UK.


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3. Tang L J, Zhan Y S, Ernst E. Review of randomised controlled trials of traditional Chinese medicine. BMJ 1999. 319160–161.161 [PMC free article] [PubMed]
4. Medicines Control Agency Safety of herbal medicinal products. London: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, 2002

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