Alternative Medicine

Weird science

Method to alternative medicine madness

Luke Malone Cupping, leeches, urine therapy. Alternative therapies can be strange - but surprisingly effective.

Cinderella Tissue: the most critically ignored part of the body?

Treating fascia: the answer to tension and tightness?

Sarah Berry We are literally surrounded by the stuff. Matrix-like, it wraps around all 600 muscles in the body connecting them to each other and to our bones.

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The way of the wellness warrior

Image: Hannah Millerick Photography

Sarah Berry Life's wake-up calls rarely come in welcome ways. But when they do come, they can be transformative in wonderful ways.

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Yoga: why men don't get it

Yoga Man.

Despite its benefits, the poses and the chanting can be too much of a stretch for some males.

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Snake oil

Watchdog crackdown on alternative medicines

Herbal medicines, supplements, vitamins on the shop shelf.

Mark Metherell Nine out of 10 alternative medicine products checked by the therapeutics watchdog have been found to breach regulations, fuelling calls for tougher controls of the $4 billion-a-year industry.

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Sugar pills

Why placebos may work - even if patients know they're fake

A new study suggests the placebo effect works even when subjects are aware they are taking a sugar pill.

Daniel Hurst People taking pills to treat medical conditions may report health improvements even if they know they're being given placebos, a new study suggests.

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'Battle acupuncture' used to heal concussed US soldiers in Afghanistan

Saeed Shah CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan: The US military is applying an ancient Chinese healing technique to the top modern battlefield injury for American soldiers, with results that doctors here say are...

Breeding success

How to boost your fertility


Emily Dunn Protect your reproductive health to give yourself the best chance of conceiving.

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