The title might sound confusing but Clinical Evidence is actually an organization which aims to help people in deciding which treatments they might want to adopt. To make this possible, the organization gathers high-quality evidence to provide a confident answer to every clinical question.

On one of their researches, Clinical Evidence has tried to identify which treatments work, do not work, or harmful to those who might go for it. The organization does not aim to bad mouth any treatments, but to highlight the gaps in the evidence of treatments for certain groups of people or important patient outcomes.

In line with this, Clinical Evidence has selected 3000 treatments to be evaluated in a research for analysis to subgroup them according to their effectiveness for specific conditions. The organization admits that categorizing treatments is not an easy job; therefore, they called the assistance of specialists, editors, peer reviewers, experts and authors to review their findings.


Here’s a copy of Clinical Evidence’s finished categories. Unfortunately, out of the 3000 treatments, 50% of which are tagged as ‘unknown effectiveness’ while only 11% were found totally ‘beneficial.’ Treatments with ‘unknown effectiveness’ may include complementary medicine, psychological, surgical, and medical interventions such as CBT for depression, thermal balloon ablation, and corticosteroids for infants. Clinical Evidence admits that this category was hard to explain. The data below are just reflections of how treatments stand on evidence-based medicine and not to the extent of the practice.

 The Clinical Evidence always makes sure that ‘unknown’ information is sent back to the UK NHS Health Technology Assessment Program (HTA) so they can commission a primary research. The organization does this every 6 months so treatments which are tagged as ‘unknown effectiveness’ can be appropriately evaluated by the HTA.

Though the list of the 3000 treatments is not included in this article, you must remember that many conventional treatments bring more harm than good. Most of them do not target illness directly, rather cause another one within the body’s system. Our bodies can heal, naturally through its innate defenders. We just have to refocus our perspectives and look at other possibilities.