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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Do patients with spinal cord injury recover faster with positive attitudes?

Patients with incomplete spinal cord injuries experience quadriplegia and paraplegia. With therapy, some portion of the patients will recover the ability to walk, either aided or unaided. Yet some of ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 there documented cases of people that were cured from cancer without surgery,radiation and/or chemotherapy?

It's a typical claim of many alternative therapies: a cure for cancer. I was wondering if there are any documented cases of people who were cured from cancer without any of the typical therapies (...
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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 ...
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Does Kumkumadi Lepana cure acne?

Is there peer reviewed evidence that looked at whether the Kumkumadi Lepana is an effective treatment for acne? Imis Kumkumadi Lepana Cream is widely used for removing black heads and pimples, and ...
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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 good smells boost our immune system?

According to aromatherapists and articles such as this, good smells boost our immune system, and conversely, bad smells deteriorate our bodies. Is there a plausible mechanism to explain why this ...
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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 the hydrogen peroxide therapy harmful?

I'm receiving advertising (from my friends) about hydrogen peroxide therapy (oxygenated water, I think). They affirm that this treatment is a low-cost therapy based on a natural oxygenating ...
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Strange way of improving eyesight — Could it work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is the Bates Method for improving eyesight efficacious? I recently read the Bate's Method question and thought of this. A while ago in some forum someone posted a note. It ...
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Is meditation a better analgesic than morphine?

According to many news sources, meditation is more effecting than morphine in reducing pain. According to a study in Wednesday's issue of Journal of Neuroscience, meditation can reduce pain by 40 ...
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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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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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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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Does earthing reduce oxidative stress and inflammation?

The other day my friend asked what I think about "earthing" claiming that their products provide electrons we used to get from walking barefoot on the earth surface and that they have positive (...
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Is prescription fish oil better than over-the-counter fish oil?

The possible health benefits of fish oil (primarily from its omega-3 content) have made it a popular supplement. There are a lot of over-the-counter fish oil supplements (google fish oil) on the ...
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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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Has electromagnetic therapy been proven effective?

Has there been any legit studies that looked into it? Anything that either confirms or debunks it? I might need the powers of science by my side when some family members come and try to convince me ...
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What are the plausible ways in which acupuncture might work for minor pains? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there any evidence for acupuncture being an effective treatment? I sometimes have back pain and some numbness / pain in one leg. They're nothing to worry about and I ...
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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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Can Melatonin lead to a result in weight loss?

Recently, someone mentioned he had started taking melatonin at night, and in the afternoon. At night is common as it helps some to sleep. He began taking it during the day to see if there would be an ...
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Are there any viable shortcuts to stop smoking?

A variety of treatments are purportedly available to aid in quitting smoking. What are effective, scientifically proven ways to quit smoking? In particular, is any treatment significantly better ...
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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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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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What makes a naturopathic massage naturopathic, and is there any significant benefit to it or is it a hoax?

I've seen advertisements for naturopathic massage, with claims of health benefits that apply to a wide range of conditions and diseases. Is a naturopathic massage significantly different from a ...
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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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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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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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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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What is a Nosode?

Homeopathy literature likes to compare Nosode remedies with traditional vaccinations, does this have any validity?
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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 ...