Don’t turn a blind eye to CM evidence

Dr Lesley Braun, PhD
Director, Blackmores Institute


The vast majority of complementary medicine products (CMs) available in Australian pharmacies are vitamin and mineral supplements, food concentrates like fish oil and fibre and Western herbal medicines.

The now-common usage and availability of CMs sprang in this country from naturopathic practice which views diet and lifestyle modification with nutritional supplementation and herbal medicines as cornerstones of treatment. These low-risk treatments have been