What does the science really tell us about these modalities? The Scientist features expert reports on the latest research for a number of alternative treatments.
Therapy methods once deemed unfit by traditional biomedicine are now being incorporated by more than 40% of U.S. hospitals. In an expansive review of the latest research on alternative therapies, The Scientist asks researchers what the evidence really says. For example, a 2011 Cochrane Review recommends probiotics for treating necrotizing enterocolitis in premature babies, and in another release the same year they reported on the efficacy of probiotics for diarrhea. Additionally, studies in mice suggest on the actual mechanisms behind acupuncture for pain relief. From probiotics to acupuncture and herbal medicines, the article features full subsections on each topic. Also discussed are potential concerns both for treated patients and source supplies as demand skyrockets. Read the full article here.