MAJOR VICTORY: Study backs natural medicine for heart patients
A major new study from the mainstream backs traditional Chinese medicine for both patients with heart disease AND folks at risk for the condition.
Yet the doctors behind it couldn't resist taking a few cheap potshots at the entire field anyway!
The study reviewed some 50 clinical trials and found big-time evidence behind several commonly-used therapies.
One, a form of the red yeast rice I often give to my own patients in place of statins, cut the risk of serious cardiovascular events almost in half. And along with slashing levels of LDL and triglycerides, this same natural treatment raised levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol.
Another study in the analysis backed a Chinese herbal remedy called Tiankuijiangya for high blood pressure, finding that it can cut the systolic ("top number") BP by nearly 17.64 mmHg and the diastolic ("bottom number") BP by 11.85 mmHg.
That's not just a benefit. That's better than what you might get from some drugs -- but, unlike drugs, it did the job with almost no side effects!
Just 3.1 percent of the patients on the herbal remedy reported any issues, compared to 2.5 percent of those on the placebo.
So far so good, right? But then this study took a turn for the worse, and here comes the part that really sticks in my craw.
Despite their OWN evidence showing that at least SOME of these treatments work, the researchers then attempted to flat-out DISMISS much of the science behind traditional Chinese medicine.
And reason for it is just plain absurd.
Those studies, they claim, need to be taken with a huge grain of salt because they were conducted by experts in traditional Chinese medicine.
Who else should conduct them? Truck drivers?
I think they're trying to imply that traditional Chinese medicine practitioners will be biased.
Yet, I'll bet they wouldn't make the same claim about mainstream researchers. You wouldn't hear them, for example, say that you can't trust a study on statins conducted by mainstream cardiologists.
But here they are, trying to trash an entire branch of complementary medicine with a baseless accusation.
Don't fall for it.
There's only one note of caution with traditional Chinese medicine: Don't just walk into a shop in Chinatown and pick herbal remedies off the shelf.
You wouldn't buy medication or even vitamins that way, right? Treat this stuff the same way, and work closely with a skilled and experienced holistic medical doctor to ensure you get what you need and that it doesn't conflict with anything else you might be taking.