Aligning Practice, Policy and Education with Evidence in Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Received Date: May 22, 2019; Published Date: May 31, 2019
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is commonly used Harris PE, et al , but its outcomes are mixed. For example, some prevention remedies such as Echinacea for secondary prevention of common colds have not been shown to be effective . And some treatment interventions such as actual (compared to simulation) acupuncture for alleviation of some types of chronic pain have been shown to be effective [3,4]. The endorsement of CAM as such – by practicing clinicians and others supporting health care such as policy makers and health educators – when it is not rigorously shown to be more effective than placebo or sham/simulation care, is arguably unethical, as has been demonstrated to be the case with orthomolecular psychiatry . Such endorsement of CAM should thus be addressed from a practice, policy and education perspective.
Keywords:Evidence, Orthomolecular psychiatry, Practice, Policy, Training