Talk:Alternative medicine

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Mark Twain[edit]

Where should 'Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.' be fitted into the discussion? (talk) 18:09, 9 August 2017 (UTC)

Something, something, Skitt's law. Reverend Black Percy (talk) 18:14, 9 August 2017 (UTC)
Murphy was an optimist. (talk) 18:29, 9 August 2017 (UTC)

Activated Charcoal[edit]

This can be considered an alternative medicine but I have seen it work very well, better than medication sometimes. I had been using medical cream to help me because I'm practically a mosquito magnet due to my blood type. It has not worked well and despite what it claims it doesn't help with the itch, if it does at all its minute. I tried activated charcoal with green clay and water as a friend told me to and after a few minutes the itch stopped, it took one application for 2 days for the swollen spot where it bit to go down (takes 4 with cream) since then I haven't used the cream anymore. I also found out catnip oil seems to work better than DEET on my mosquito problem, but you cant leave it in the bottle waiting for 1 year and expect it to be as potent as it was at first.--Rimuru TempestRimuru Slime.png 12:49, 28 August 2017 (UTC)


Some non prescribed products claim that they 'may or will' help relieve the symptoms of X - and may do so merely by 'smelling/tasting nice and making you feel you are doing something positive' and/or have a slight positive effect (hot lemon and honey to relieve the symptoms of a cold etc and the shop-bought equivalents).

Other 'often costly' products are obviously woo 'Mrs X was cured of Y in 10 weeks', 'cures (six totally unconnected) diseases', '100% satisfaction guaranteed or your money back (in Weimar Milliarden stamps)' 'Please send megabucks to PO Box U-luser').

What number and sort of claims will flag up on which side of the divide those products and activities in the middle lie? Anna Livia (talk) 17:01, 29 August 2017 (UTC)

Medical diagnosis by use of fiction[edit]

Not quite certain where else to put this:

There are occasional cases of people diagnosing what they/others have through 'reading a story' (The Pale Horse is a notable example) or watching a TV program (a case recently) - and probably far more cases of 'fiction-induced hypochondria' (and possibly a few cases of 'You don't have... but you do have...'). Should there be a passing mention somewhere? Anna Livia (talk) 12:54, 5 February 2018 (UTC)


I propose adding silver. Any thoughts? Corny (pester) 02:47, 22 March 2021 (UTC)

Acupuncture has been proven to work for some cases[edit]

Hi everyone, I've noticed that acupuncture is shown "it doesn't work". However, there have been studies conducted that show that acupuncture (and "sham acupuncture") can bring pain relief beyond placebo. — Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs

Sham acupuncture is the placebo control. They report strong evidence of no significant difference between acupuncture and sham acupuncture, indicating that acupuncture is no better than placebo. This is consistent with the article. 𝒮𝑒𝓇𝑒𝓃𝑒 talk 17:01, 11 September 2022 (UTC)
And I don't think 6 studies is really that much evidence to support the "proven to work for some cases". --It's-a me, Lgm sigpic.png LeftyGreenMario!(Mod) 17:07, 11 September 2022 (UTC)