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Monday, 11 September, 2000, 05:06 GMT 06:06 UK
Nature may well know best

Scientists in Britain say they have new evidence that herbal remedies -- long viewed with suspicion by many western doctors -- may hold some advantages over pharmaceutical medicines.

Dr John Wilkinson of Middlesex University told the BBC that research had shown that the natural combination of chemicals found in plants was often more powerful than any single compound extracted for pharmaceutical use.

He revealed that clinical trials are about to begin on two herbal medicines -- sage as a treatment for memory loss, and a blend of three Chinese plants to treat period pains in women.

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