For generations, our ancestors have relied on word-of-mouth recommendations for much of their health care. The official name for this type of information is
. For example, Aunt June tells you that feverfew has cured her migraine headaches, or your brother Bob describes the miraculous results he got by taking glucosamine and chondroitin for his painful shoulder.
Although definitely not solid scientific evidence, anecdotes can be quite valuable. In many cases, it is through such practical experience that we first discover the treatments that are worth investigating. However, only properly designed double-blind trials can really tell us whether a treatment is effective. In medicine, anecdotal evidence is notoriously unreliable.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a