Is there any validity in the use of gymnema sylrestre tea to help balance sugar levels in Type 2 diabetes? I see this advertised extensively on the Internet.
The American Diabetes Association has stated about Unproven Therapies [ updated to Diabetes Care 27:S135, 2004; ed ]:"Advances in modern medicine are achieved through basic and clinical research using well-established principles of experimentation. These include controlled clinical trials to assess the efficacy and safety of novel diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. Publication of results and their replication in additional experiments performed by other independent scientists are necessary components of the process by which efficacy and safety are documented. The American Diabetes Association, the National Institutes of Health, and other health-related organizations sponsor diabetes-related research that adheres to these standards...."
Notice that advertising on the Internet is not part of the well-established principles of experimentation.
Original posting 3 Dec 96
Updated January 16, 2006
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