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Defining Complementary and Alternative Treatments

Complementary and alternative medicines, often abbreviated to as CAMs, refers to any medicine or medical treatment that falls outside the mainstream.

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Defining Complementary and Alternative Treatments

  1. 1. Complementary and Alternative Treatments Dr Carolyn Dean is a medical doctor and naturopath. She has authored and co-authored over 35 books D e f i n i n g
  2. 2. 2 Defining Complementary and Alternative Treatments Complementary and alternative medicines, often abbreviated to as CAMs, refers to any medicine or medical treatment that falls outside the mainstream. There is no universal definition, but generally any type of therapy that does not involve medication, surgery, radiation or other forms of traditional Western treatment can be classified as CAMs. Dr. Carolyn Dean
  3. 3. The success of some CAMs treatments is evidence- based, but not under controlled circumstances recognized by the medical community. 3 Many treatments that fall under the CAMs umbrella can be either comple- mentary or alternative, depending on whether they are used in conjunction with traditional therapies (comple- mentary) or instead of traditional treat- ments (alternative). Common CAMs practices include homeopathy, aroma- therapy, acupuncture, colonic irrigation and meditation. The success of some CAMs treatments is evidence-based, but not under con- trolled circumstances recognized by the medical community. However, some have proven effective in the treat- ment of certain health conditions, such as chiropractic and osteopathic treat- ments. Complementary Vs. Alternative Efficacy
  4. 4. You can learn more about one of Dr. Dean’s publications, the Everything Alzheimer’s Book, by visiting her blog. Dr Carolyn Dean

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