Europe to ban hundreds of herbal remedies (Codex)

By Jeremy Laurance
The Independent

Hundreds of herbal medicinal products will be banned from sale in Britain next year under what campaigners say is a “discriminatory and disproportionate” European law. With four months to go before the EU-wide ban is implemented, thousands of patients face the loss of herbal remedies that have been used in the UK for decades.

From 1 May 2011, traditional herbal medicinal products must be licensed or prescribed by a registered herbal practitioner to comply with an EU directive passed in 2004. The directive was introduced in response to rising concern over adverse effects caused by herbal medicines.

The UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued more than a dozen safety alerts in the past two years, including one over aristolochia, a banned toxic plant derivative which caused kidney failure in two women.

Herbal practitioners say it is impossible for most herbal medicines to meet the licensing requirements for safety and quality, which are intended to be similar to those for pharmaceutical drugs, because of the cost of testing.

According to the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH), which represents herbal practitioners, not a single product used in traditional Chinese medicine or ayurvedic medicine has been licensed. In Europe, around 200 products from 27 plant species have been licensed but there are 300 plant species in use in the UK alone.

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6 responses to “Europe to ban hundreds of herbal remedies (Codex)

  1. itsonlyausername

    What is so evil about this action is that it is perpetuated by the pharmaceutical industry who have seen their market share fall over the last few years.
    I want to know why the deaths from big pharmaceutical are not as widely publicised as the minority of mishaps that occur through herbal remedies?
    783,936 people die every year in the US from the adverse side effects of pharmaceutical drugs.

    I cannot find any evidence of mass deaths from herbal medicine anywhere. If it was that great a number there would be a massive media outcry yet there is nothing but silence on the subject.

    So what is the agenda all about?

    Simple. Its about global control of our lives for the multi-national corporations to screw us for every penny we earn to pay for contaminated food, dodgy water supplies and deadly drugs simply to financially line their pockets and to keep us sick mentally, physically and spiritually.

  2. Is the EU going to forbid people to grow herbs? The Holy Bible reveals that our Creator has given herbs for the healing of the nations. What if everyone started growing their own food and herbs? What would the powers that be do then?

    Eric Hall

  3. Grow your own, and form underground associations with people so ALL of the herbs can be grown and traded. Anarcho-syndicalism at its finest. We don’t NEED THEIR rules, we have our own.

  4. I like reading an article that will make people think. Also, many thanks for allowing for me to comment!

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