Information and Advice About Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

The use of natural therapies, also known as complementary and alternative medicine, is increasing rapidly as more and more people experience the failure of conventional medicine to deliver health and wellbeing. Many cannot tolerate the unpleasant side effects of prescription drugs, and would rather seek alternatives to invasive (and often life-threatening) surgery. Many are also dissatisfied with the inability (or unwillingness) of some conventional medical practitioners to take into account their emotional and psychological needs, as well as their physical symptoms. An increasing number of people are also becoming aware of the importance of taking responsibility for their own health, rather than placing blind faith in the medical establishment.

Incorporating complementary and alternative therapies into your health care regime can be extremely rewarding. It can also be a little daunting if you have never used these types of therapies before, especially since there are a rapidly growing number of therapies to choose from. The following fact sheets provide general information about complementary and alternative medicine and how it differs from conventional medicine, how to combine the use of CAM therapies with conventional medicine for the best results, how to choose a good practitioner, and some general precautions to take when using complementary and alternative therapies.

What is Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)?

Some Differences Between Conventional Medicine and CAM

How to Use Complementary and Alternative Medicine

How to Choose a Practitioner

Precautions to Take When Using Complementary and Alternative Therapies


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