What alternative health

practitioners might not tell you



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"Homeopathic remedies are now allowed to indicate what sort of symptoms they can relieve, although this is limited to minor ailments such as colds, coughs and hay fever. But under the rules, manufacturers don't have to provide evidence of efficacy from clinical trials and need to show any that the product has been used to treat those particular conditions within the homeopathic industry. Which? Health policy expert Frances Blunden warned "This approach gives homeopathic products the veneer of efficacy. Claims for any homeopathic products ought to be based on independently verified and reliable evidence of their efficacy. Without this there's a danger that consumers are being misled and ultimately ripped off. Consumers shouldn't be fooled that despite homeopathic medicines being 'alternative' there is still a significant profit-making industry behind them"." Which? (26th October 2006)