Perceived effects of alternative medicine may be caused by placebo, decreased effects of functional treatment (and therefor also decreased side-effects), and regression toward the mean where improvement that would have occurred anyway is credited to alternative therapies.Alternative medicine is not the same as experimental medicine.
Alternative medicine or fringe medicine are practices claimed to have the healing effects of medicine but are disproven, unproven, impossible to prove, or only harmful.
Alternative therapies or diagnoses are not part of medicine or science-based healthcare systems.
Promoting alternative medicine has been called dangerous and unethical.
Testing alternative medicine that have no scientific basis has been called a waste of scarce medical research resources.
Newer proponents often suggest alternative medicine be used together with functional medical treatment, in a belief that it "complements" (improves the effect of, or mitigates the side effects of) the treatment.
However, significant drug interactions caused by alternative therapies may instead negatively influence treatments, making them less effective, notably cancer therapy.
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