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An apple a day keeps the doctor away


I suepcted this would be a thorny topic. In both cases an evidence based anti-emetic eg Prochlorperazine was prescribed as the primary option for their symptoms with the non-pharm option as a choice. In both cases the patients decided to go for the ginger and didn't take the medication. That was their choice. Of course, there are many scenarios eg treatment of sickness due to chemo in cancer patients, where medications are first choice to avoid the risk of severe dehydration and giving something 'herbal' would be risky or simply negligent. I'm not advocating homeopathy but giving appropriate patients (those with mild symptoms) some choice might reduce the flood of minor ailments into GP surgeries each week.

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25 Mar 2014

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