The Conversation, an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public, has just published a range of articles about complementary and alternative therapies.
Click on the links below the article titles for a range of views on different aspects of this always topical subject.
Here’s why we should research alternative therapies
Herbal medicines – toxic side effects and drug interactions
Alternative medicine research must be publicly funded
Can we scientifically test herbal medicines?
Yes: Quality research of herbal medicines is possible
No: We can’t have reliable evidence for herbal therapies
Some previous related posts:
Dr Jeff Sharman's blog on Nutritional Supplements
Cllcanada's post on a good website to learn more about herbal remedies
Prof Terry Hamblin on Alternative therapies for CLL
Remember that if you are taking any supplement in an attempt to improve your health, your liver and kidneys will need to process and eliminate what you are taking. You owe it to yourself to keep these organs in good health so that you can continue to enjoy life and, if treatment for your CLL becomes necessary, your body can deal with the toxic chemicals involved.
As Chris (Cllcanada) said elsewhere regarding trying herbal and natural remedies:
Please remember this... Talk to your doctor first.
What you read about botanicals is based on people with healthy immune systems in nearly all cases, if there are clinical trials, which often there aren't.
We CLLers are not in that healthy group... so PLEASE talk to your doctor before trying so called herbal and natural remedies...
A friend a number of years ago with CLL tried Black Cohosh for symptoms of menopause and it nearly killed her.
Just because your friend's cousin's auntie had great results with some herb, doesn't mean you will!"