But he is not the first sportman to try out alternative medicines to heal his wounds.
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Former Essex captain Ronnie Irani was also a fan. The cure for his stubborn back complaint? A series of homeopathic injections, one of which, Actovegin, contained essence of calves' blood. He was bowling again within weeks.
José Maria Olazabal went on to win the Masters in 1999 after treatment for rheumatism involving dozens of homeopathic needles in the back, legs and feet over a half-hour session, repeated many times over several weeks.