Wednesday, February 3, 2010
The comedian Tim Minchin is known for his unassuming question, "What do you call alternative medicine that works?"
The amusing answer given is "Medicine."
'Folk medicine' or 'herbal medicine' both fall under the auspices of alternative medicine and both can illicit skepticism considering how most therapies have not been scrutinized in the laboratory under controlled conditions.
I embrace my skepticism with delight but i can gladly change my stance in light of evidence. A year ago i undertook a project to review the latest evidence for the efficacy of a particular 'alternative' approach to managing diabetes. The peer-reviewed article was recently accepted for publication.
The paper is available on The eScholarship Repository Peer Reviewed Series. Due to copyright issues i cannot post the review on this blog, but this is the link to the journal.
Garcia, M. (2010). "A Folk Remedy for NIDDM: Evidence of Antihyperglycemic Effects of H. Latiflora." UC Los Angeles: Department of Biological Chemistry, UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine.