Tuesday, May 23, 2006


Prince Charles today praised and encouraged the use of alternative medicines and treatments like acupuncture and herbal medicines alongside conventional treatments to improve global health. Prince Charles stated that patients with serious conditions like heart disease, diabetes and stroke should seek the “best of both worlds”. Meanwhile, a group of eminent doctors have slammed the use of NHS cash on alternative therapies, dismissing them as “implausible treatments” which may not work. Instead they believe the cash should be spent on proven conventional medicine. Prince Charles stated the importance of doctors “striking a balance” between conventional and alternative treatments. I have to agree with him. As somebody who works in the alternative health industry myself, I would never recommend to anyone that they dismiss conventional medical treatment totally. Alternative treatments and remedies should be used alongside conventional medical treatments and not instead of them. The key is striking a balance.

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