Charles is a crank, and astonishingly unfit to be Head of State, but it’s no reason to scrag his outfit over his dodgy herbal remedies, if people want to waste their own money.

Caveat Emptor…

David Davis

This caught my eye just now, and I for one am always pleased to see overpriced and no-better-than-the-competition stuff get egged and floured.

However, there are some principles going on here. In may cases we don’t _really_ know if stuff like Hypericum extract, or “dandelion tincture” have any effect on snything or not. It’s most probable in the face of decades of evidence that they don’t, with the possible exception of things like willow bark extract (for pre-aspirin-like compounds.)

But if people wish to spend their money this way, the ought to be allowed to, and the seller perhaps ought to be allowed to tell them what he thinks the gear does. If it does not, they will stop buying it, and if enough do, he will go bust or delete the brand. Problem solved.

And this sentence was wonderful:-

Similarly Duchy Herbals Echina-Relief Tincture is a “traditional herbal medicinal product used to relive  (sic) the symptoms of the common cold and influenza type infections.”


  1. While I agree for the most part, with the likes of homeopathy and herbal remedies, it isn’t obvious to the taker whether the remedy has or hasn’t worked as they are generally taken for self limiting conditions. I’m all for taking responsibility for oneself, but it also useful to have all the information, or both sides of the story in front of you to help make that decision.

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