For the average person who is interested in natural health/complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), a few questions may arise:

What is it? Does it work? Is it safe? What’s the evidence?

With so much misinformation and profit-driven advertising present in the natural health-and-wellness industry, it is often difficult to find clear, concise, and reliable answers to these frequently-asked questions (FAQs). How can an average consumer be expected to differentiate between dishonest marketing tactics and high-quality standards of evidence, especially when salespeople may misrepresent science for their advantage? More importantly, how can patients make important health-related decisions if the providers of natural medicine/CAM do not provide the whole story about their treatments?

By answering some of these natural health (“naturo”) FAQs, NaturoFAQs aims to be an informational resource for consumers and patients who want to learn more about these products and practices. NaturoFAQs believes that an informed patient is an empowered patient, and that truly informed decisions can only be made with truly accurate (and scientifically honest) information. By providing a scientifically-critical perspective, NaturoFAQs intends to promote consumer protection and ethical patient-care within the natural health industry.

NaturoFAQs bases its answers on the highest-quality scientific evidence currently available: systematic reviews (mainly those from the Cochrane Collaboration, which is generally considered one of the highest standards of evidence in medicine), gold-standard randomized controlled clinical trials (RCTs), and clinical guidelines from major medical bodies. NaturoFAQs’ articles contain references to hundreds of these sources. So don’t just trust our summaries – take a look at the evidence yourself. We simply report what the best-available science says, without the spin of marketing agencies or organizations that profit from natural health practices.

(Please note: the contents of this website (NaturoFAQs) are for informational purposes only and should NOT be taken as medical advice. Always consult a healthcare professional before starting or stopping any treatment. Please see our Terms and Conditions).


NaturoFAQs is curated by a Canadian medical doctor (MD). He has a Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in biology and is a published scientific author.