Here’s A Handy Cheat Sheet For Which Alternative Therapies Actually Work

Here’s A Handy Cheat Sheet For Which Alternative Therapies Actually Work

Apple cider vinegar doesn’t shine your hair or rev your metabolism. Yoga is good exercise but not a miracle cure. Homeopathy is useless.

On the other hand, light therapy can help seasonal depression. Alternative medicine is kind of a grab bag, and it can be tough to remember what’s what.

That’s why we like Consumer Reports’ Guide to Natural Cures, which gives a one-paragraph summary of the evidence behind (or against) each of 38 different supplements, techniques, foods and therapies. Their conclusions pretty much match what you’ve read about here, and they’ve covered a few things we haven’t, such as reiki (pointless) and red yeast rice (mixed results). Bookmark it for the next time somebody says “Have you tried…?”

Guide to Natural Cures | Consumer Reports


  • To quote Tim Minchin:

    By definition, alternative medicine has either not been proved to work or been proved not to work. Do you know what they call alternative medicine that’s been proved to work? Medicine.

  • It’s still what ABC’s Checkout said. “there is nothing this side of the pharmacists counter that cures anything at. Maybe vitamin C. ”

    What is on this side of the counter are farce products that make businesses a bundle, and a loss for the gullible consumer. These products are not illegal because the claims are difficult to prove. ie. fish oil might help cardiovascular in 1% of cases. The cream might reduce wrinkles in 1 in 1000, but it still worked for that one.

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