10 doctors weighed in:
What drugs are classified as complementary and alternative medicine?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
6 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
In brief: Many
Generally this wouldn't be pharmaceutical drugs, but more like botanical (herbal) and nutritional supplements.
Herbs given by an acupuncturist/tcm practitioner, or supplements given by an ayurvedic practitioner. Unlike these others, homeopathic medicines are regulated by the fda but are still classified as alternative. http://www.hpus.com/.

In brief: Many
Generally this wouldn't be pharmaceutical drugs, but more like botanical (herbal) and nutritional supplements.
Herbs given by an acupuncturist/tcm practitioner, or supplements given by an ayurvedic practitioner. Unlike these others, homeopathic medicines are regulated by the fda but are still classified as alternative. http://www.hpus.com/.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine
In brief: Generally OTC
This is no formal designation by the fda, but most would consider anything that is over the counter, or herbal or homeopathic to be considered complementary & alternative.
These compounds lack multi-centered placebo controlled studies published in peer reviewed journals to prove that they work to 'conventional' doctors. Note: 30% of the time placebos work.

In brief: Generally OTC
This is no formal designation by the fda, but most would consider anything that is over the counter, or herbal or homeopathic to be considered complementary & alternative.
These compounds lack multi-centered placebo controlled studies published in peer reviewed journals to prove that they work to 'conventional' doctors. Note: 30% of the time placebos work.
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
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