Yes, there are places which prescribe alternative therapies, but not in real hospitals (at least, not in the west).WhizzyShootingStar said:Say a person was given conventional medicine, but with no signs of getting better decided to use 'alternative medicine'. Due to using this, it did in fact make a difference and the condition improved. Note the condition is one that could not have got better on it's own. What's your opinion on this situation?Carcass said:Jesus Christ, when will people get it into their thick skulls that anecdotes are NOT evidence??? Show me a double-blinded RCT that shows it works and I'll believe it. Then, a drug company will buy it up and manufacture it. Job's a good 'un.WhizzyShootingStar said:I agree, but what i meant was in regards to alternative medicine that actually works not due to the placebo effect.
I only say this due to knowing people who have tried conventional medicine but found the alternative to be of much greater impact.
Now about double-blind studies, i'm not saying there is a problem with it, but what about drugs which have undergone studies and have been proved safe and available etc, but have very serious side effects, deadly should i say. There is obviously something not right about so surely it must be considered as a serious problem.
As far as i'm aware there are places which provide some alternative drugs, prescription of course, the states being one.
They may well have got better due to the placebo effect of the alternative therapy. Until an effective trial is performed then this area of medicine will be rejected out of hand by all those who have real scientific training.