To what scientific standard should complementary or alternative medicine therapies be held

To what scientific standard should complementary or alternative medicine therapies be held?

It is worth considering that there are many current, mainstream medical practices that have never undergone truly rigorous scientific examination: the best practices for preventing stroke other than lowering blood pressure are still being tinkered with, the use of epidural steroid injections for pain relief is still not fully accepted, and much of the work with lower back surgeries has been conducted without properly randomized trials. It is also important to remember that while many forms of CAM are not commonly accepted in Western society and the West is working to incorporate them into its understanding of health and medicine, the same can be said for Western practices in China and other regions where medical practices differ. Just because something is currently the standard does not necessarily make it correct or the best, and what is standard in one area may be an alternative treatment in another.

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