Published Thursday, September 19, 19 | By PaulvHill
Alternative medicine, fringe medicine, pseudomedicine or simply questionable medicine is the use and promotion of practices which are unproven, disproven, impossible to prove, or excessively harmful in relation to their effect — in the attempt to achieve the healing effects of the medicine. They differ from experimental medicine in that the latter employs responsible investigation, and accepts results that show it to be ineffective. The scientific consensus is that alternative therapies either do not or cannot, work. In some cases laws of nature are violated by their basic claims; in some, the treatment is so much worse than its use is unethical. Alternative practices, products, and therapies range from only ineffective to having known harmful and toxic effects.