New study contends that naturopathic practices are beneficial to chronic illnesses

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Researchers from Southern Cross University have scoured scientific literature for papers reporting human research evaluating the effectiveness of naturopathic medicine.

After identifying 33 published studies involving just under 10 000 participants, the researchers came to the conclusion that naturopathic medicine is beneficial to a wide range of chronic conditions. These conditions include cardiovascular disorders, musculoskeletal pain, type 2 diabetes, PCOS, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, hepatitis C, menopausal symptoms, bipolar disorder, asthma and in increasing cancer survival time.

Next month, the government will be enforcing legislation that will limit natural therapies, including naturopathy, in a number of ways.

Today, we look at how much of the decisions behind medical research and legislation are evidence-based.

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