Does anyone have any scientific evidence supporting alternative medicine?

Question by daniel: Does anyone have any scientific evidence supporting alternative medicine?
Please, do no tell me anecdotes, personal stories, or anything like that. The last thing I want to hear is about how alternative medicine worked for you. I think that is wonderful but it hardly serves as proof. I want to see some sort of hard evidence. The ideal would be a randomized, double blind, placebo controlled trial. Any trial or study would suffice. I am looking for some websites or something to read to supply me with evidence. Thanks for your help!

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Answer by Az R
You can look at the NCCAM division of the NIH (http://nccam.nih.gov/), which funds research on alternative medicine in the United States. They’ve run multiple double blind placebo controlled on some of the more popular alternative methods.

Though in the 18 years they have been running, and despite near a billion dollars spent, they have yet to come up with one useful treatment, or come up with evidence supporting one.

EDIT: I think the two sites below speak to a lot of the problems in trying to do any research in this area, and are a testament to the veracity of altmed in general.

We have conspiracy theories, outright hallucinations, beliefs that Russia and China have armies hiding in bunkers under British Columbia.

And shameless fellation of Ron Paul, who’s ideas on healthcare come from an organization(The American Academy of Physicians and Surgeons) that is involved in HIV denialism, removal of laws protecting patients from exploitation and scams, and outright racism.

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Is there any evidence of this “New Age Spirituality” or anything like it?

Question by King of Pop: Is there any evidence of this “New Age Spirituality” or anything like it?
Evidence of anything. Personal stories, predicting the future, helping someone, recorded scientific studies, reading into someone, undeniable miracles etc…
Because that’s what they claim to do. Any evidence of ANY KIND?

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Answer by Pauline B
There is NO evidence of Noahs ark, solomons temple or that Abraham actually lived 900 years…. so what is your point????

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Q&A: Where is the evidence that Christmas is a “pagan” holiday?

Question by angus: Where is the evidence that Christmas is a “pagan” holiday?
Before you start ranting at me, I’m not ignorant. I know that:

– Christmas was created by the Roman Church in the 4th century to celebrate the Nativity, and was most likely placed on December 25 to compete with an existing pagan holiday (Birth of the Unconquered Sun) so that it would be easier to convert pagans to Christianity.

– Many of the elements of Christmas such as gift-giving, trees, Santa, lights, etc. have secular origins and themes.

But which of these elements are specifically 100% pagan, and where is the evidence? The Christmas tree originates in 16th century Christianity, so it does not have a direct pagan origin. Santa is a mix of the St. Nicholas and possibly some part of the Odin myth, so not 100% pagan origin.

Why do people call it a “pagan” holiday when it’s more like a Christian and secular holiday with some pagan influence to a few select customs?

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Answer by Santa Christ
Further evidence lies in the fact that a lot of the story of Jesus’ birth, life, and death took cues from earlier pagan myths.

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What evidence is there for “nirvana” (liberation from death / rebirth cycle) in Buddhism?

Question by Tr: What evidence is there for “nirvana” (liberation from death / rebirth cycle) in Buddhism?
Buddhists believe that somehow a person’s actions in this life has an effect on whether he/she is freed from being endlessly reborn again (reincarnation).

What is the scientific evidence for this? In other words how, scientifically, can a person use their “karma” to influence exactly whether or not they are reborn again and as what??

Or is this whole nirvana idea to be taken by “faith” alone?

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Answer by Electr-Amish
so I have to be good to die forever? or be bad to live again? I like Buddism, but that can be picked apart in too many ways

I don’t get it

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Other than spirituality, what branches of science rely on a grand total of zero evidence?

Posted a few minutes ago:

“Unlike scientists, who start with a doubt, spiritualists start with a belief and believe it till proved wrong.
spirituality is a science we are yet to explore fully.”

Bonus questions: Is starting with a conclusion a good way to determine what is true? And do most “spiritualists” only hold a belief until proven wrong?