Complementary And Alternative Medicine ( Cam )

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Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is something that is becoming increasingly popular among individuals. CAM is better summarized as “diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention complements mainstream medicine by contributing to a common whole, by satisfying a demand not met by orthodoxy or by diversifying the conceptual frameworks of medicine” (Ernst and Fugh-Berman). Explained further, when faced with medical issues, individuals often seek conventional medicine. However, there are those who go a different path preferring to use a non-mainstream practice along with conventional medicine – commonly known as a complementary medicine. On the other hand, if people prefer a non-mainstream practice instead of conventional medicine they are engaging in the practice of alternative medicine (NCCIH).
What is driving people to seek CAM as their preferred method? It would appear that people using CAM do so for either “chronic, minor illnesses” or for more “life threatening” conditions (Ernst and Fugh-Berman). It would seem that this is a consequence of conventional medicine not being effective or being too poisonous for the the patient. For instance, cancer patients often lean towards more complementary health care programs to help manage the symptoms and side effects caused by conventional cancer treatment (i.e. radiation). Complementary medical services may include (but not limited too) acupuncture and meditation. According to the National Center for Complementary and
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