Alternative Medicine :: Alternative therapies – documented benefits and risks
Empirical and scientific evidence exists to support the benefits of acupuncture, manual therapies and several medicinal plants for chronic or mild conditions.
For instance, the effectiveness of acupuncture, a popular treatment for relieving pain, has been demonstrated both through numerous clinical trials and laboratory experiments.
As a result, 90% of pain clinics in the United Kingdom and 70% in Germany include acupuncture as a form of treatment.
Equally, some medicinal plants have shown efficacy for life-threatening conditions; medicine combinations containing the Chinese herb Artemisia annua are now considered amongst the most effective remedies against malaria.