Questions tagged [alternative-medicine]

Use this tag for claims regarding cures and health practices which fall outside the boundaries of scientifically validated medicine.

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Can drinking “harmonized” water prevent sunburn

Osmosis Skin Care offers what they call "Harmonized H2O" This product is a UV Neutralizer-Tan Enhancing[sic]: Boost your body’s defenses with this innovative new technology utilizing frequencies that ...
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Is acupuncture an effective treatment?

What evidence is there for or against acupuncture being an effective treatment?
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Is Reiki scientifically valid/proven?

Reiki is a form of alternative medicine which has its origins in Japan. Palm healing and auras are central aspects of Reiki. The practice of Reiki is getting more common, however, I was not able to ...
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Does prayer help to heal?

It's not hard to find claims like these in the media or on the web from time to time. Is there any scientifically verifiable evidence that prayer (in addition to appropriate medical/surgical ...
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Are “pox parties” safer than vaccines for children?

So-called pox parties have been around in various forms in varying degrees of popularity since the 1980's, and are described on Wikipedia as: A pox party, or flu party or flu fling, is a social ...
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Did Otto Warburg make this claim about diseases in an alkaline environment?

I came across the following quote, alledgedly by the biochemist Otto Warburg: No disease, including cancer, can exist in an alkaline environment or its German counterpart: Keine Krankheit kann in ...
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Do magnets have verifiable effects on humans?

Do magnets have statistically significant effects on humans? Some example claims are in the Wikipedia article on Magnet therapy. Which says: Practitioners claim that subjecting certain parts of ...
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Does chamomile help you to relax?

What is the best evidence available relative to chamomile having relaxing effects? Some examples claims include: It is known for its relaxing and soothing properties It is a mild relaxant and, as ...
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Has yoga been shown to have a healing effect?

In a comment to one of the answers of Is there any scientific evidence that prayer can help to heal? Konerak wrote: That's for intercessory prayer. Praying for yourself has been correlated to ...
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Is the skeptical movement an offshoot of the Communist Party?

Found on EXTRAORDINARY MEDICINE The truth about homeopathy is the following claim: Media Skeptics: A Popcorn Gallery The skeptical movement is an offshoot of the Communist Party. (Really: see ...
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Do ion bracelets work?

I recently came across a new kind of sports enhancement bracelet. Apparently it emits positive ions that are good for you. The bracelet is also a watch. There are credible scientific studies on ...
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Is wearing socks all the time bad for your feet?

My (Asian) parents keep on telling me to take my socks off whenever it's summer because they think that the feet need "fresh air" and that they need to breathe and that keeping them in socks all the ...
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Does regular self-induced vomiting provide any health benefit?

Yoga International provided an acquittance with a cleansing technique dubbed upper wash where the healthy subject is to voluntarily vomit in order to clean their body from toxins: http://...
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Are the claims of chiropractors independently verifiable?

I've had problems with back-pain in the past, and as a result, I reluctantly went to a chiropractor. It's hard to tell if going to the chiropractor helped my problem, or if they went away on their own....
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Does Burzynski have a miracle cancer cure being suppressed by the FDA?

I received this Mercola announcement for the movie, Burzynski about Stanislaw Burzynski's (allegedly) amazing cure for cancer, which uses antineoplastons. The Mercola article claims some fairly hefty ...
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Can a fan blowing on you at night make you sick?

It has been pretty hot in my neck of the woods over the last week. It has been roughly 80 degrees in my room at night. To try to stay comfortable and get to sleep I have been running two fans. One ...
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Is osteopathic medicine evidence based?

There seems to be a lot of conflation of osteopathic medicine with other alternative medicines, even questions about whether or not it is an alternative medicine or mainstream. In the U.S. ...
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Is 432Hz sound frequency more “natural” or beneficial to human body than 440Hz?

I have been reading about tuning musical instruments to A=432 frequency instead of recently (meaning in the last century) arbitrarily defined standard of tuning to A=440Hz. Supposedly the 432Hz ...
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Is it possible to overdose on Homeopathic medicines? [closed]

How much Homeopathic medicines would be required (or considered) an overdose? Every Homeopathic site claims the treatments are safe and have no side effects, it it even possible to overdose?
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Did the original snake oil work?

"Snake oil" is a common name for a fake or over-hyped product. As defined by urban dictionary: comes from the 19th-century American practice of selling cure-all elixirs in traveling medicine ...
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What is Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS)?

Promoted by Jim Humble, Miracle Mineral Solution is claimed to cure a wide range of ailments. But what exactly is it, chemically speaking?
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As seen in movies, is it medically sound to treat a bruise with raw meat?

I've seen in numerous movies that after a person gets beaten up in a fight they place a chunk of raw meat on their face. I found this link making reference to the practice and this one claiming it's a ...
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Do copper bracelets help arthritis?

Many people tell me to wear a magnetic or copper bracelet to improve my arthritis is there any science behind this? Many online shops sell copper bracelets containing magnets for their health effects. ...
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Do amber necklaces work for pain relief?

I have heard from several new mothers that they are being told about amber necklaces being sold for teething babies. (Pain relief?) I am very interested to see if there is any scientific evidence ...
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Does echinacea reduce the length and severity of symptoms for the common cold?

Echinacea bottles at my local food supplement store claim that taking the pills will reduce the length and severity of symptoms experienced when infected with the common cold. Do these claims have ...
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Does black seed oil help treat various cancers, asthma, epilepsy, liver conditions, high blood pressure and more?

Does anyone know if the scientific claims about black seed oil talked about here are true: One of black seed's primary bioactive components is thymolquinone, or TQ, which is found in its ...
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Is chiropractic treatment safe and effective? [duplicate]

Has there been any reliable independent studies into the efficacy of chiropractic treatment and claims that it can either cure or provide significant relief from mechanical disorders? Is there any ...
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Is acid reflux (“heartburn”) caused by having too little stomach acid?

According to a number of websites, "almost everything you have been told about heartburn, indigestion, and common stomach ailments are lies", and heartburn is actually caused by too little stomach ...
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Does aromatherapy have proven efficacy in certain cases?

When answering this question on the possibility of using soap to cure leg cramp I began looking around for double blind studies related to aromatherapy. This lead me to the following examples: ...
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Did Richard Nixon commission a study on the effects of THC and then have the results classified?

This was recently shared to my mother's Facebook page. She is currently battling an aggressive cancer that was brought on by Chemotherapy that she had to fight stage 4 breast cancer over 10 years ago....
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Did Steve Jobs fall prey to alternative medicine?

Dr. Ramzi Amri makes a stern case on the other Q/A site. Let me cut to the chase: Mr. Jobs allegedly chose to undergo all sorts of alternative treatment options before opting for conventional ...
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Does or could Theta Healing work?

There have been various claims that a process called 'Theta Healing' can achieve profound improvements in people's health. Various books and papers mention it, not to mention the fact that it's had ...
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Are there any benefits to drinking 1.5 liters of water first thing in the morning (water therapy)?

I'm not sure the origin of this "water therapy", but I've seen various websites that claim that drinking 1.5 liters of water right when you wake up is great for your body/mind, heals all diseases, etc....
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Does Bioptron VIP (Visible Incoherent Polarized) Light Therapy heal wounds and help with skin problems?

Does Zepter's Bioptron Light Therapy fall into science-based medicine (rigorously tested, proven benefits, sound principles...) or is it "alternative medicine" pseudo-science/fraud? BIOPTRON can ...
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Are most humans infected with parasites that water fasting can eliminate?

So this is a new one for me... I came across a jaw dropping niche of health-woo today. Apparently tens of thousands of people (if not more) believe that almost all humans are infected with parasites ...
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Does Indian Water Therapy have healing effects?

Indian Water Therapy is an ancient practice which involves drinking 1-1.5 litres of water every day as soon as you wake up, then not eating anything until 40 minutes has passed, at which point you can ...
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Can 'resonant frequencies' kill cancer cells?

According to some guy called Anthony Holland, you can kill cancer cells with resonant frequencies: "Cancer Research", Novobiotronics; "Shattering cancer with resonant frequencies: Anthony Holland at ...
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Does auto-suggestion work?

There are several popular self-improvement books, some of which are: Think and grow rich - Napoleon Hill The Power of Your Subconscious Mind - Joseph Murphy The secret - Rhonda Byrne which suggest ...
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Does Hijama (cupping) alleviate pain and other ailments?

Hijama is, as I understand it, an Islamic and traditional Chinese technique somewhat similar to bloodletting wherein the patient receives multiple minor perforations to his back after which suction ...
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Does cupping have medical benefits?

Recently, in the Rio Olympics 2016, quite a few sportsmen and sportswomen have been seen with cupping marks, which allegedly result from the traditional Chinese/Oriental medicine treatment Hijama or ...
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Is vinegar a sunburn remedy?

While searching for a remedy for sunburn pain last year, I ran across multiple references to vinegar as an effective method in treating sunburn pain. Is there any research that validates or ...
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Does German New Medicine work?

German New Medicine is a medical treatment developed by Ryke Geerd Hamer. Hamer claims that the cause for every cancer is a "biological-conflict shock". The German New Medicine is a set of ...
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What is EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and does it work?

Is there any evidence for emotional freedom technique? How do you get qualified? Is it used in more traditional therapy?
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Does ginger help against the common cold?

My wife is treating all cold symptons in the family with a few spoons of freshly ground ginger juice mixed with honey. While I don't mind an occasional placebo, drinking ginger juice is unpleasant ...
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Does gas training simulate altitude training?

I think the benefits of altitude training are well known, but a popular trend (especially in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)) is simulating altitude training with a gas mask or other device to restrict ...
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Are fish oil capsules beneficial?

Page 28 of the February 2018 edition of Which? magazine says, (You don't need...) Fish oils such as Omega 3 capsules Unless you are advised to take these, you don't need to. Studies show that ...
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Are there secret pressure points in our body?

Do we have "secret" "bundles of nerves" — pressure points — which, when struck with a particular Karate move, kill us? Wikipedia is skeptic but see this History Channel documentary (only ...
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Does garlic lower cholesterol and reduce blood pressure?

Some naturopath websites claim that garlic is incredibly good for you: If garlic had been created in the laboratory instead of by nature, it would probably be a high-priced prescription drug. The ...
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Does water therapy provide measurable benefits to childbirth?

I recently watched the trailer for The Business of Being Born, which included the following quote: "The presence of Doulas; using water during labor; these things have been scientifically shown to ...
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Does sugar “feed” cancer?

I keep seeing this claim in alternative health circles that sugar feeds cancer and if you restrict carbohydrate from your diet, particularly refined sugar, you can prevent cancer or even "starve" ...