Prince Charles touts alternative medicine

May 23, 2006 at 4:44 PM
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GENEVA, Switzerland, May 23 (UPI) -- Britain's Prince Charles Tuesday issued an impassioned plea for government funding of alternative medicine despite opposition by experts, reports said.

"I say that a mix of modern and traditional remedies that emphasizes the participation of the patient can create a powerful healing force," Prince Charles told delegates at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

"It seems to be that in our ceaseless rush to modernize, many tried and tested methods which have shown themselves to be effective have been cast aside as old-fashioned or irrelevant to today's needs," the Times of London reported of his remarks.

The proper mix of traditional and modern remedies with patient participation "can help to create a powerful healing force for our world," the London Telegraph reported of the Prince of Wales' comments.

While the British royal stuck to his guns despite opposition from 13 leading British scientists, he made no mention of their letter opposing National Health Service funding of alternative medicine.

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