We have probably all heard the term “clinical trial” at one point or another. Usually it is mentioned on a commercial for medication, claiming that it’s the next best thing because it did well in said clinical trials compared to other medications (or no medication at all). But “clinical trial” is just another one of those terms that we hear as consumers and don’t fully understand what it means. Oftentimes, we feel that we can trust whatever medication or supplement is being sold because it’s tacked on in the sales pitch. In reality, clinical trials are used to study new medications, alternative practices, or different uses for already existing medications to further benefit the general public, so there is some merit to our blind trust in a term. Let’s take a look at what exactly goes into a clinical trial and why we even go through the process of having them.