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Herbal treatments

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Herbal medicine - myDr.com.au

Herbal medicine - use of plants or plant parts for healing - is part of many traditional systems of medicine and has influenced conventional medicine, but differs in its underlying philosophy.

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Complementary Therapies

It is generally understood that complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine, while alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine. Many patients use complementary or alternative therapies. This could be because they have always used them, their disease is progressing and nothing else works or conventional treatment has been deemed futile.

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Complementary Health

Complementary Health has grown in popularity in Australia both in terms of complementary medicines and visits to complementary health practitioners.

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An overview of the regulation of complementary medicines in Australia | Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

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Natural therapies and supplements | Jean Hailes

What is natural therapy, complementary therapy, complementary medicine and alternative therapy? Do they mean the same thing? Every culture throughout the world has at some point used healing plants as the basis for its medicines and many have used

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List of evaluated registered complementary medicines | Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

A new entry has been made on the list that sets out the registered complementary medicines on the ARTG that have been evaluated by the TGA

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Complementary medicine regulation basics | Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

An overview of the regulation of complementary medicines in Australia

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Complementary medicines - compliance reviews 2013 | Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

More than 1600 new complementary medicines are listed each year

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Complementary medicines: the regulatory framework | Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

Australia has a two-tiered system for the regulation of medicines, including complementary medicines

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Herbal and dietary supplements

The use of herbal medicines is common. Herbal medicine is defined as a plant-derived product used for medicinal and health purposes; commonly used herbal supplements include echinacea, garlic, ginseng, ginkgo biloba, St John’s wort and valerian.

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