Posted by:24 September, 2012
Should herbal medicines sit alongside conventional medicines?
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasingly popular, and encompasses a number of systems and therapies based on diverse theories and practices, such as homoeopathy, traditional herbalism, Reiki, Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine.
While many are based on metaphysical concepts for which there is no sound evidence, for herbal medicines there is a rational, scientific basis and increasing clinical evidence.
An article published in Nursing Times this week suggests herbal medicines should no longer be considered part of CAM, but instead sit alongside conventional medicines.
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