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Test yourself with this quiz compiled by Professor Edzard Ernst and be in with a chance of winning a copy of his book.

For each question, please tick only one answer.

Test yourself with this quiz compiled by Professor Edzard Ernst and be in with a chance of winning a copy of his book.

For each question, please tick only one answer.

1 Homeopathic arnica interferes with what percentage of prescription drugs?

a 50%

b About 5%

c About 0.1%

d Negligible

2 The herbal remedy devil's claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) has been shown to be effective for:

a Musculoskeletal pain

b Migraine

c Hay fever and ear infections

d Insomnia

3 The herb St John's wort seems to be effective in treating depression, but it:

a Causes liver damage

b Is a cardiovascular stimulant

c Interacts with some prescription drugs

d Is addictive

4 The alternative treatment for IBS with the best evidence base is:

a Reiki

b Colonic irrigation

c Hypnotherapy

d Chiropractic

5 In order to practise as a medical herbalist in the UK you currently need:

a To have studied medicine

b No qualifications at all

c To be registered with the General Herbalist Council

d At least three years of documented training at an accredited college

6 Medical herbalists tend to use herbal mixtures that they individualise according to the patient's characteristics. The efficacy of this form of treatment compared with a single herbal treatment:

a Is not testable in randomised clinical trials

b Has been tested in a handful of studies with overall unconvincing results

c Has been extensively tested and proven beyond reasonable doubt

d Has never been submitted to testing in randomised clinical trials

How to enter: Ten entrants who get all the answers correct will win a copy of Professor Ernst's new book, Trick or Treatment: Alternative Medicine on Trial

Send your entries to Complementary quiz, Pulse, Ludgate House, 245 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 9UY, or email them to pulse@cmpmedica.com. Closing date is Wednesday 17 June.

Trick or Treatment: Alternative Medicine on Trial by Simon Singh and Edzard Ernst is published by Bantam Press, ISBN978-0593061299

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