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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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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 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

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 is a good web resource for info on alternative or integrative medicine?

What is a good  web resource for info on alternative or integrative medicine?

Integrative Medicine: The arizona center for integrative medicine (dr. Weil's program) was the first program in the usa offering integrative medicine education for physicians: www.Azcim.Org also the national center for complementary and alternative medicine site: www.Nccam.Nih.Gov. ...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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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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Is there a american college program for addiction medicine?

Is there a american college program for addiction medicine?

See brloe: Abam had certified 10 addiction residencies. There are also fellowships amd a sub-spevislty of psych called addiction psychiatry. However, you will not find addiction medicine at an undergraduate level. There are courses in addiction but not often taught by doctors. ...Read more

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Help, please. Is the CDC (center for disease control and prevention) an international health agency?

Help, please. Is the CDC (center for disease control and prevention) an international health agency?

CDC: The cdc is a us governmental health agency. The website cdc.Gov has thousands of useful topics ranging from international travele (cdc.Gov/travel) to concussions (cdc.Gov/concussion) to growth and development (cdc.Gov/actearly). ...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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Are family physicians trained in alternative medicine?

Are family physicians trained in alternative medicine?

Not Necessarily: The basic requirements for family medicine training are uniform around the country and there is little required training on alternative treatments. However, specific training programs may provide more background and training in this area. ...Read more

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