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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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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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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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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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What drugs are classified as complementary and alternative medicine?

What drugs are classified as complementary and alternative medicine?

None: Drugs are regulated by the fda and require proof of efficacy and safety. Remedies used by naturopaths and similar providers have not been tested for either efficacy or safety and in fact are totally not subject to any federal oversight unless they are found to be dangerous in clinical use. ...Read more

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What's the difference between complementary and alternative medicine?

Shades of difference: Most would say that "alternative" medicine can be used "instead of" conventional approaches, and involves whole different methods of diagnosis and treatment. "complementary" methods are more often meant to be used along with conventional treatments, sometimes to ease side effects or to bring in aspects the conventional treatments may not include (such as spirituality, etc). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: complementary and alternative medicine?

What is the definition or description of: complementary and alternative medicine?

Proven vs unproven: By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. They therefore remain "alternative". Be careful and watch your wallet. ...Read more

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I am looking for one good website on complementary and alternative medicine, can you help?

I am looking for one good website on complementary and alternative medicine, can you help?

NCCAM: The national center for complementary and alternative medicine (through the national institutes of health) might be a good place to start: http://nccam.Nih.Gov/. ...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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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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What did ama reveal about complementary and alternative medicine?

What did ama reveal about complementary and alternative medicine?

There are roles: Complementary, alternative and other such remedies all have a role to play in medical care. However, it is important to have all of the facts about a disease before just using one approach. Steve jobs used alternative treatment for his pancreatic cancer, when he probably should have gone with tried therapies first. It is a great "back-up" but it is not a substitute. ...Read more

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