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Prince Charles defends Doctors ‘bogus’ therapies attack

Some of Britain’s leading doctors have urged NHS trusts to stop using complementary therapies and to pay only for medicine “based on solid evidence”. The group raised concerns that the NHS is funding “unproven or disproved treatments”, like homoeopathy. One doctor told the Times the NHS was funding “bogus” therapies when patients struggled to get drugs like Herceptin.

But Prince Charles has said “proven” therapies should be integrated with conventional medicine. He told the World Health Assembly in Geneva: “The proper mix of proven complementary, traditional and modern remedies, which emphasises the active participation of the patient, can help to create a powerful healing force in the world.”

He added: “Many of today’s complementary therapies are rooted in ancient traditions that intuitively understood the need to maintain balance and harmony with our minds, bodies and the natural world. “Much of this knowledge, often based on oral traditions, is sadly being lost, yet orthodox medicine has so much to learn from it.” He called on countries to look at how they could improve the health of their populations, using a more integrated approach.
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