Alternative Medicine

China passed its first law on TCM earlier this year. ©iStock

China's TCM industry grows by 20% to top $130bn

By Gary Scattergood

The traditional Chinese medicine industry grew by 20% in China in the past year, according to the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SATCM).

Maintaining standards as market demands natural medicine discounts

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Maintaining standards as market demands natural medicine discounts

By Ryan Gorman, brand director of Network Nutrition-IMCD

Through the gradual process of rationalisation, corporatisation and sophistication, the world’s supplements manufacturers are now bringing an unprecedented level of competitiveness to the industry.

Study questions natural herbals for sleep disorders

Study questions natural herbals for sleep disorders

By Nathan Gray

A review of the scientific evidence for over-the-counter herbal remedies that are often used to combat sleep disorders such as insomnia has revealed that ‘surprisingly’ little research backs up their safety and efficacy.

Could NCCAM's probiotic position influence other agencies and regulators?

P-Day: Could US research save probiotics in Europe?

By Shane Starling

European probiotic researchers are welcoming last week’s commitment to probiotic study by a major US government health and nutrition agency, with biomarker development a real possibility.

Doctors' note sparks UK CAM row

Doctors' note sparks UK CAM row

By Jess Halliday

A letter sent by senior doctors in the UK to health care trusts
urging that NHS funds are spent only on evidence-based medicines
has sparked furious debate about the role of complementary and
alternative medicines (CAM) in the modern...

Supplement to boost memory?

Supplement to boost memory?

Researchers at Oregon Health Science University and the National
College of Naturopathic Medicine in the US are launching a clinical
trial to determine whether a dietary supplement, derived from
Bacopa monniera or Brahmi, a plant...

US funds CAM research

US funds CAM research

The US' National Center for Complementary and AlternativeMedicine
is to fund a $1 million study to investigate the implications of
complementary and alternative medicine used by the American public.


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