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There is none, according to a division of the National Institutes of Health that funds research into alternative medicines. Often, indigenous food, mineral, vitamin therapies have a 50/50 track record in their effectiveness such as the debunked idea that shark fin can cure cancer or the successful re-discovery of anti-oxidant foods for alkalizing the body.
Allopathic medicine tends to downplay the role of the gall bladder and of bile in digestion. This treatment is based on the formulae traditionally used in ancient Indian Medicine for infectious diseases caused by viruses such as chicken pox, measles and small pox.
Probably the first and best example of something that was once considered alternative but has solidified its position in conventional medicine backed by scientific research is acupuncture. It is usually a slow-growing cancer that may not have symptoms, but can be found with regular Pap smears (procedure in which cells are scraped from the cervix and looked at under a microscope).
The typical American adult spent about $800 out of pocket in 2012 on dietary supplements and visits to alternative providers, such as naturopaths and acupuncturists, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At a time when one in two American adults has at least one chronic disease, it’s safe to say there are a lot of things medicine still hasn’t figured out.