Pros And Cons Of Complementary And Alternative Medicine

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Complementary and Alternative Medicine Complementary and Alternative medicine, commonly known as CAM, includes all medical practices considered “nontraditional” or not part of standard medical care. This broad umbrella covers everything from acupuncture and massage therapy to use of herbs and probiotics. Over the last two decades, the use of CAM has increased rapidly, and continues to gain popularity and use (Nursing Times). The National Health Interview Survey of 2007 concludes that 4 in 10 adults are using some form of CAM (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health), and even larger numbers projected to be in use by this year. The term “CAM” is inclusive of a multitude of different methods of application, but there are few methods of treatment which are leading in popularity and usage. CAM can be used in replacement of traditional medicines and treatments, but it is most commonly used in addition to conventional medicine. The most common form of CAM in practice by adults and children today, is the use of natural products, which includes all supplements, such as, Fish Oil, Echinacea, and glucosamine, which are among the most popular natural products (NCIH). Usage of natural products is aimed at improving and even eliminating chronic conditions like back and neck pain, arthritis, and even anxiety (NCIH). An in-depth study of the use of CAM on patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) on haemodialysis was done in Trinidad, where 19 of 101 patients
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