Alternative remedies are big business. Over 30 million people use
homeopathic medicine in Europe and the alternative health market in
Britain is growing by 20 per cent every year. TOM WELLS looks at five
different health remedies and asks a Birmingham GP for his expert
A LTERNATIVE medicine has taken a battering recently.
Its varied treatments are favoured by the public and celebrities
including Sir Paul McCartney, Jennifer Aniston and Liz Hurley.
Yet some of the remedies have been dismissed by research projects
and even resulted in the recent suspension of one GP.
Last month, arnica - a favourite treatment for bruises, aches and
pains - was tarnished by an Exeter University study which found its
benefits to be dubious.
And in January, London GP Michelle Langdon was banned from
practising for three months after she allowed her belief in alternative
medicine 'to cloud her professional judgement'.
The doctor had chosen phosphorous phos·pho·rous
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