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Prince opens alternative clinic
The Prince of Wales shares a joke with Mrs Camilla Parker-Bowles and Dr Tim Robinson
The Prince enjoyed a joke with Dr Tim Robinson during the opening
The Prince of Wales has officially opened a women's clinic offering both conventional and alternative therapies in the model village he helped design.

Prince Charles, a long-standing supporter of complementary medicine, opened the Poundbury Clinic, on Middlemarsh Street, Poundbury, Dorset.

Medical staff use yoga and homeopathy alongside traditional medicine to treat problems such as infertility and PMT.

The Prince was joined by his companion Camilla Parker Bowles for the visit.

It always seemed to me to make reasonable sense to use the best of the ancient and modern in a more harmonious way
Prince Charles

Unveiling a plaque, Prince Charles said it was sensible to use "the best of the ancient and modern in a more harmonious way".

He said that in many ways "we are what we eat", so nutrition and diet was of "enormous importance".

The Prince said that Poundbury was designed to encourage people to walk around to the shops or to work, encouraging a healthier lifestyle.

The construction of the Dorchester village began in 1993 and is planned to last a total of 25 years.

In July, leading cancer expert Professor Michael Baum, of University College London, said Prince Charles had "overstepped the mark" by promoting some alternative treatments.

The attack came just weeks after the Prince suggested a controversial diet had helped one woman to beat cancer.

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