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With economy sour, consumers sweet on herbal meds

Posted on Jan 30, 2009 in Health & Wellness

CHICAGO – The choice between $75 prescription sleeping pills or a $5 herbal alternative is a no-brainer for Cathy and Bernard Birleffi, whose insurance costs have skyrocketed along with the nation’s financial woes. The Calistoga, Calif., couple seem to reflect a trend. With many Americans putting off routine doctor visits and self-medicating to save money, use of alternative treatments is on the rise – even though evidence is often lacking on their safety and effectiveness. Climbing sales of herbal medicines have paralleled the tanking economy, according to an Associated...

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