Mentioned in the last Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe. Read about it HERE:
$2.5 billion spent, no alternative cures found
Big, government-funded studies show most work no better than placebos
updated 12:15 p.m. ET, Wed., June 10, 2009
BETHESDA, Md. - Ten years ago the government set out to test herbal and other alternative health remedies to find the ones that work. After spending $2.5 billion, the disappointing answer seems to be that almost none of them do.
Echinacea for colds. Ginkgo biloba for memory. Glucosamine and chondroitin for arthritis. Black cohosh for menopausal hot flashes. Saw palmetto for prostate problems. Shark cartilage for cancer. All proved no better than dummy pills in big studies funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The lone exception: ginger capsules may help chemotherapy nausea.
As for therapies, acupuncture has been shown to help certain conditions, and yoga, massage, meditation and other relaxation methods may relieve symptoms like pain, anxiety and fatigue. ...
Annoyingly, they even misstated the results on acupuncture in that last paragraph. Later in the article they basically retract that claim, stating: “[Dr. Briggs] conceded there were no big wins from its first decade, other than a study that found acupuncture helped knee arthritis. That finding was called into question when a later, larger study found that sham treatment worked just as well.”