Alternative medicine is a term that describes medical treatments that are used instead of traditional (mainstream) therapies. More research is needed to determine the efficacy of nearly all of these practices, but that hasn’t stopped people from engaging in them: In 2008 (the most recent valid data we could find), more than 38 percent of American adults used some form of alternative medicine.
In the field of herbal medicine, such systematic reviews have suggested that extracts of St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) can provide symptomatic relief in cases of mild to moderate depression and that peppermint oil is more effective than a placebo for the treatment of irritable bowel disease.
Another difficulty is that Homeopathic Medicine cannot be studied in the same way that Allopathic medicine is studied, and often that is just what the research tries to do. Having said that, given that Iatrogenic, Allopathic medicine in essence, most of it from prescribed medication is the third biggest killer in the US and fourth in many other developed nations, one could hardly argue that the research approach works well even for the medical modality science invented.
Plenty of people still identify strongly with the label, but these days, they’re often the most extreme advocates, the ones who believe in using homeopathy instead of vaccines , liver flushes” instead of HIV drugs , and garlic instead of chemotherapy.
Patients with metastatic disease at diagnosis, stage IV disease based on the American Joint Commission on Cancer (AJCC) staging system (11), receipt of upfront treatment with palliative intent, and unknown treatment status or clinical or demographic characteristics were excluded.