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Controversies about CAMs

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Funding and scientific research into CAM

In this section we will explore the state of publicly funded research on CAM.

  • Since 2001, the NHRMC has provided almost $69 million for rigorous scientific research into complementary medicine and alternative interventions. It will be important to review the results of such research in the light of the already long history of similarly funded research in the US.
  • The Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 budget for the NCCAM (US) includes $132,004,000, which is $3,213,000 more than the comparable FY 2010 appropriation of $128,791,000; Since their inception, NCCAM and its predecessor agencies have spent $1.6 billion.
  • Studying complementary and alternative medicine; This is an important article which reviews and evaluates the results of these studies. It emerges that there is little evidence that the CAM interventions investigated have any significant effectiveness.

Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)

There are over 50 reviews in the Cochrane library about acupuncture

Cancer

Chiropractic

Homeopathy

Naturopathy/nutrition/iridology

Vitamins, herbal remedies and supplements

 


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