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Is complimentary and alternative medicine an alternative approach to conventional allopathic medicine?

Is complimentary and alternative medicine an alternative approach to conventional allopathic medicine?

No: If you get seriously sick, the treatment you get is evidence based. You're not getting it because it's "conventional" or because of a cultural or power-grab conspiracy, it's because it's what's most likely to work, as can be shown in the courts of science and the law. "Alternative" stuff like laetrile and gallstone flushes preys on the gullibility of desperate people. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Alternative Medicine (Definition)

Alternative medicine is the practice of healing that does not fall into the realm of conventional allopathic medicine. Many think it is usually based on cultural or historical traditions rather than scientific data. However, only recently is science catching up with history. For example, acupuncture meridians have finally been discovered by science. Types of alternative medicine include ...Read more


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Is complementary and alternative medicine safe?

Is complementary and alternative medicine safe?

Usually: Since most aspects of complementary and alternative medicine have never been put to clinical trials, they are mostly ineffective. But the placebo effect is generally safe, so although you might be wasting your money, the only harm is the avoidance of getting an actual real diagnosis and proper treatment from a real doctor. ...Read more

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Whats holistic, complementary and alternative medicine?

Whats holistic, complementary and alternative medicine?

Whole Person: Holistic (and integrative) medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies (including. "alternative" & "complementary" medicine = those not usually taught in conventional med schools. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between "holistic medicine" and "complementary and alternative medicine" ?

Is there a difference between "holistic medicine" and "complementary and alternative medicine" ?

Yes and No.: These terms may be used interchangeably to distinguish them from conventional or orthodox medicine. Technically, "holistic medicine" refers to using a approach where the body is encouraged to do its own healing. In contrast, "complementary medicine" refers to a practice of medicine that works with conventional medicine and "alternative medicine" refers to using natural means other than drugs. ...Read more

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Any value to complementary and alternative medicine?

Any value to complementary and alternative medicine?

Most certainly: More than 40% of adults say they use complementary and alternative medicine. More and more doctors are embracing these therapies too. The mayo clinic and the national center for complementary and alternative medicine are funding scientific research at this moment, and much work has already been done which verifies the efficacy of a natural medicine approach in specific conditions. ...Read more

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What is complimentary and alternative medicine?

What is complimentary and alternative medicine?

CAM: Complementary and alternative medicine ("cam") is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that usually aren't considered a part of conventional medicine. "complementary" treatments might be used in conjunction with conventional ones; "alternative" treatments would be used instead of conventional ones. For a lot more info, see: http://nccam.Nih.Gov/. ...Read more

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How effective are complementary and/or alternative medicine therapies for fibromyalgia?

How effective are complementary and/or alternative medicine therapies for fibromyalgia?

Yes: Complementary and / or alternative therapies can be very helpful in treating fibromyalgia. Diet, exercise, supplements, meditation, yoga, massage, acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback, physical therapy, and chiropractic manipulation have all shown to be helpful in treating fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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In oriental medicine acupuncture and alternative medicine do you undress?

In oriental medicine acupuncture and alternative medicine do you undress?

Not always: It depends what problem you might have. Some very experience acupuncturist can make a diagnosis by checking your pulse, ear, or more modern practitioners will use different computer programs ...Read more

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What are some good centers for holistic medicine?

What are some good centers for holistic medicine?

There are many: There are many across the country. Google for holistic health centers convenient to your home. ...Read more

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Alternative medicine for pressure in chest?

Alternative medicine for pressure in chest?

Go to ER!!!: Pressure in chest is heart until proven otherwise. If you pain is not cardiac, (only determined by history, exam and tests), the sure, acupuncture, yoga, etc are reasonable to try. ...Read more

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Are nutritionists or naturopaths classified as complementary and alternative medicine?

Are nutritionists or naturopaths classified as complementary and alternative medicine?

Yes ND's,some nutr's: Naturopaths by definition practice what is sometimes called complementary or alternative medicine, as they tend to recommend natural therapies such as nutritional supplements and herbs. Some nutritionists have an approach consistent with complementary and alternative medicine, while others are more mainstream in their approach, so it depends on their training and philosophy. ...Read more

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Are traditional chinese medicine and fuyan pills acceptable solutions in medicine community for treatment of urinary tract infections and problems ?

Are traditional chinese medicine and fuyan pills  acceptable solutions in medicine community for treatment of urinary tract infections and problems ?

Ee comment: In the traditional scientific method of treating urinary infection, no one drug is capable to treating all infections, as the germs react differently and at times unpredictably we don't know what the herbs contain? Cystitis cystica and glandularis are not due to infection. ...Read more

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What are the DIFFERENCES between a functional medicine doctor, an integrated heath doctor, and a preventative medicine doctor?

What are the DIFFERENCES between a functional medicine doctor, an integrated heath doctor, and a preventative medicine doctor?

Similar yet...: Functional Medicine is a specific approach to Integrative Medicine.Functional Medicine is described as the clinical application of systems biology.See http://tinyurl.com/myelnab Integrative Medicine combines the best of conventional and alternative medicine: http://tinyurl.com/zdeuq4u Both Functional and Integrative docs emphasize prevention but not all Preventive Docs embrace alternatives. ...Read more

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What's the best alternative medicine for diabetes?

What's the best alternative medicine for diabetes?

Depends: The only way to treat type one, Insulin dependent diabetes, is with insulin. In this disease, your body makes no insulin. There is no alternative; you take your Insulin or you die. Type two diabetes involves Insulin resistance. 80% of people with this problem are obese. Ala (a type of fatty acid) has been shown to help in some studies. Recently cinnamon has drawn attention as a treatment. ...Read more

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Are family physicians be trained in complimentary or alternative medicine?

Mostly not.: The definition of complimentary and alternative medicine is slippery.I am a D.O., doctor of osteopathic medicine, and many M.D.'s consider my practice of manipulation, and philosophy of body self healing to be apocryphal(not accepted).I adhere to evidence based medicine as much as any dr.-but even the evidence isn't that firm.We learn more even day.Gsk told use Paxil (paroxetine) was safe in kids, not. ...Read more

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What's your opinion of chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopaths and other alternative medicine specialists?

What's your opinion of chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopaths and other alternative medicine specialists?

Good but it depends: Some practitioners in all fields of medicine are better at it than others. Some are too opinionated to get good answers, some more skilled than others, some curious to dig deep and have great instincts too. But generally speaking, I am delighted that more and more people are gaining access to real healthcare instead of getting hooked on pharmaceuticals and dealing with the side effects. ...Read more

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Is traditional chinese medicine effective compared to regular medicine?

Depends: Chinese medicine can be an effective treatment for many things. For certain health issues it may be more effective, for others it may be equal but with differing side effects, and for still others western medicine may be more effective. ...Read more

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What's the optimal natural/alternative medicine treatment for gerd?

What's the optimal natural/alternative medicine treatment for gerd?

GERD: The best alternative treatment is dgl tablets which is a special form of licorice tablets in which the bad ingredient that raises blood pressure is removed, hence the name. ...Read more

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Should a shiatsu massage therapist take a complementary and alternative medicine course?

Should a shiatsu massage therapist take a complementary and alternative medicine course?

Why would s/he?: Someone already trained in shiatsu massage is presumably competent to practice his/her own area of complementary and alternative medicine (cam). Unless s/he wants to also learn about other treatments and systems of healing that are part of cam, it seems unnecessary. An "overview" course in cam would probably be less in depth in any one area than needed to really practice that modality well. ...Read more