Therapies shown to be safe and effective:
* Acupuncture relieved pain and chemotherapy-induced nausea
* Mindfulness meditation reduced stress and pain
* Tai chi improved balance in patients with Parkinson’s disease
* Clinical hypnosis reduced post-menopausal hot flashes
Approaches proved not to be effective:
* St. John’s wort supplements did not relieve depression.
* Gingko biloba did not slow mental decline, improve memory or reduce blood pressure.
* Echinacea did not prevent or treat colds.
Approaches proved not to be safe:
* Ephedra was found to be associated with heart attacks and death.
* Certain supplements that claim to help patients lose weight, build muscle and improve their sexual performance have been found to be contaminated and unsafe.
Source: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
From USA Today.