• What role should alternative medicine play in traditional treatment?

    Many things fall under the term "alternative and complementary medicine," and much of them have validity. A number of medications I prescribe originally came from plants, and pharmaceutical companies have simply standardized and produced the active compounds. However, I do believe that before I prescribe or recommend something, there has to be data to back it up. There is literature available about experiments on alternative medicine, and good scientific studies are currently being performed at many institutions, including the National Institutes of Health. Using this evidence, I make my medical decisions, which in some cases is a combination of "conventional" medications, along with various alternative therapies.