Should WHO Strike TCM?

The WHO has ushered Traditional Chinese Medicine into the mainstream by listing the practice on its international roster of treatments, which sets the medical agenda for more than 100 countries.

The move is “an egregious lapse in evidence-based thinking and practice,” say Scientific American’s editors.

It’s wise to raise awareness of TCM treatments used by millions, but there is little evidence to support their efficacy, the editors argue. Some TCM remedies, like aristolochic acid, are downright harmful; others are derived from endangered species.

Until they pass muster, it’s reckless to equate these remedies with those that have gone through clinical trials, the editors write.

Scientific American (editorial)

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