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What has fueled the popularity of herbs in the West?

A distrust of the medical establishment arguably has helped fuel popularity of herbs in the West. Many people began taking charge of their health, essentially self-medicating.

In response, the medical establishment began integrating herbs into their practices, creating a hybrid of traditional and modern medicines. This kind of medicine is called Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).

The practice of CAM is predicated upon the efficacy and safety of the herbs. But without regulation from the Federal Drug Administration, physicians are unsure of how safe or effective an herbal supplement may be.

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