It is important to note that complementary therapies are still under scrutiny and must be proven to be effective to be incorporated into formal medical practice. In addition, adequate evidence for both biological and clinical plausibility is required. But even if a complementary therapy is not clinically proven, it is still considered a valuable option for patients.
Ayurveda, for example, is a holistic health care system developed in India more than 5,000 years ago, focusing on individual cures through yoga, meditation, herbs, and diet. Naturopathy, on the other hand, uses noninvasive treatments to help the body heal itself. In addition to the traditional forms of medicine, there are also ancient Chinese and American Indian forms of alternative medicine.
The difference between conventional and alternative medicine is that modern medicine has been proven to be effective in real medical trials, while alternative medicine is still largely unproven. However, many of the treatments used by these practitioners have been shown to be effective in treating various health problems. These treatments are often used after conventional therapies have failed. Many of them are used to treat chronic illnesses, which conventional medicine can’t cure. While these methods can help patients cope, they cannot cure them.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) dates back to 200 B.C. In written form, TCM has been used in China, Japan, and India. Each of these countries developed their own unique versions of the system. Today, CAM treatments are being researched to determine their safety and effectiveness. However, they must be considered complementary and used alongside conventional medicine.
Despite popular belief, some complementary treatments are not covered by health insurance. It is best to discuss your treatment options with your doctor. Although complementary therapies may sound promising, it’s important to know that conventional medicine is the only treatment that is proven to be effective. It is also important to note that some alternative therapies can have adverse side effects and could cause a complication with traditional treatments.
In the United States, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) coordinates research on complementary and alternative practices and provides information to health professionals and the public. In addition, NCI’s Office of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM) coordinates its activities in the field of complementary and alternative medicine. The OCCAM promotes complementary and alternative cancer research and provides cancer-related CAM information.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) includes many different types of health care practices and products. It differs from conventional, allopathic medicine in that it utilizes complementary and alternative therapies to help patients recover from illness, reduce symptoms, and reduce stress. The goal is to improve the body’s ability to heal itself.