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Alternative therapies 

Alternative therapies
Chapter:
Alternative therapies
Source:
Oxford Textbook of Rheumatology (4 ed.)
Author(s):

Edzard Ernst

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199642489.003.0089_update_003
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Alternative therapies are used by many patients suffering from rheumatic conditions. In this chapter, the efficacy and safety of various forms of alternative medicine will be discussed based on the evidence from clinical trials and systematic reviews. The following treatments will be considered: acupuncture, Ayurvedic medicine, chiropractic, dietary supplements, herbal remedies, homeopathy, massage, osteopathy, t’ai chi, and yoga.

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