Herbal medicine takes root in Germany

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The sale of herbal medicine is a growth industry in Germany, where physicians routinely prescribe these products and annual sales have surpassed $2 billion.Pam Harrison says the rising popularity has been driven by German patients, who began demanding herbal alternatives to synthetic drugs. Medical schools responded by reintroducing lessons on a topic that had been phased out of the medical curriculum.

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