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How the use of some common herbs has changed


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The 1900s saw a marked decline in the popularity of herbs, before a resurgence of interest in the 1970s and '80s that persists today. With the new interest came new ways of taking herbs - often in gelatine capsules rather than as teas.

Wander along the shelves of any health food store or pharmacy today and you will see a wide range of herbal products. You will find all sorts of recommendations to use herbs as tonics, to stave off colds, to treat headaches, and so on. In fact, many of the recommendations differ little from those of fifty to a hundred years ago, even though there have been striking developments in medical knowledge during that time. New Canadian natural health product regulations will make it easier for consumers to evaluate claims.

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