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Question: Is there evidence in the medical literature to support CAM therapies?


Yes. The NIH created the Office of Alternative Medicine in 1992 with a $2 million budget. This was upgraded to the NCCAM in 1998. In fiscal year 2000, the NCCAM awarded $68 million to CAM researchers. The NIH is committed to investigating the utility of these therapies and exploring the integration of CAM and traditional allopathic medicine. There are randomized.,double-blind, placebo-controlled trials published in the CAM arena. Some show benefit…….

Reference:  Cucherat M, Haugh MC, Gooch M, et al: Evidence of clinical efficacy of homeopathy: A meta-analysis  of clinical trials. Eur J Clin Pharmacol 56:27-33, 2000

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