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Option A, rational:

Patients suffer an opportunity loss by being treated with less efficient herbs over more helpful traditional drugs.
Hence the conclusion that no one is harmed by the prescription of herbal medicine is weakened.

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Bumping for discussion. Fun LSAT question that is decently challenging!
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Good question. The key for choice (A) being correct - as is generally the case - is the specificity of the conclusion and the main premise:

Advocates should always be allowed to prescribe herbal alternative remedies (because patients might be helped, and won't be harmed, by the use of these products)

Note how specifically that bolded portion is drawn: people won't be harmed specifically by the use of the herbal remedies. But what if there's harm that comes from elsewhere. (A) points that out - the harm isn't from using the herbal remedies themselves, it's from the "opportunity cost" of using more effective medical remedies. The herbal remedy won't likely hurt you...but using it and not taking actual medicine might give your ailment more time to become much more severe while you're essentially doing nothing to fight it.

To me that all comes down to how specifically drawn that premise is in the last sentence: you won't be harmed from the direct use of the herbal remedy...but that doesn't mean that harm won't come from making that decision.


With (E) - note that it doesn't do anything to introduce any negative side effect. It just says that the benefit isn't medical, it's psychological...but it still allows for there to be a benefit. To weaken the conclusion we need there to be some kind of harm...the conclusion is trying to say "you should always be allowed to prescribe these, because even if they're unlikely to work they don't do any damage." (E) still allows for some probability that the herbal remedies will work, and it certainly doesn't create any fear of them doing anything negative. It just attributes the minimal usefulness of the remedies to one cause versus another.
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