For those of you suggesting it's ok to offer quack remedies on the NHS two points to bear in mind, you might be aware of the placebo effect and happy it works, a lot of people won't think of it as a pkacebo and believe it really works (ie the placebo effect) which is fine right up to the point they stop taking active medication axmentionned above. The second point to consider is for the placebo effect to work the patient must believe it will work which means the doctor will need to lie to the patient which isn't very ethical. Any doctor who believes in homeopathy despite the underwhelming lack of efficacy evidence would be suspect to start with.
yossarian, I've no problem with medicine broadening it's understanding as long as it's done in a repeatable and rigorous way, just trying things at random with no understanding of how they work was what the quacks in the 18th century did. As for dogma being offended, it's the established medical professionals way of doing things, if the alternative medicine brigade want to submit to the same controlled trials as main stream pharma then great.