Complementary medicine is used in conjunction with more traditional remedies; alternative medicine is used by itself. Integrative medicine draws from both complementary medicine and alternative medicine and combines these with traditional Western therapies, says Donald Abrams, MD, director of clinical programs for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Chronic pain is a complex disease, and it takes dedication and a trustworthy relationship between the patient and treating physician to successfully overcome it. I specialize in treating patients with migraine headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, cervical and lumbar radiculopathy, degenerative disease of the spine. Alternative and complementary medicine or therapies aren’t always totally separate.
Although Western medicine still feels that more research needs to be done to prove the health claims, areas in which studies have shown promise include issues of balance and strength and osteoarthritis. When you start seeing the real costs of Western medicine, at that point, alternative medicine might start to look really good. Sunlight, air, and water are thought of as natural healers; this, along with nutritional supplements and massage therapies are all part of naturopathic medicine.
Osteopathic medicine focuses on the whole person, the relationship of the body’s nerves, muscles, bones and organs, and the body’s innate ability to heal itself.’‹ Developed more than 130 years ago by Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO, osteopathic medicine brings a unique philosophy to traditional medicine. For instance, herbal materials, preparations and products used by Asian systems of medicine such as Ayurveda or Traditional Chinese medicine. Many practitioners of conventional medicine also recognize the healing potential of some alternative practices.
The accepted term for alternative medicine, per the National Institute of Health is actually Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and this is the term we will use throughout. Complementary medicine can treat most conditions like headaches, sore throats, flu and cold, indigestion, ear infections, dermatitis, urinary tract infections, sprains and strains. I continued to use this blood tonic recipe for several types of cancer and bacterial illnesses in my practice up until the day I retired.
In non western countries traditional medicine is preferred over western medicine because it has been tried and trusted for many more years than scientifically based medical practices. I discovered that there are studies that show how food can have an impact on cancer and other diseases,” said Saxe, who got his Ph.D. in nutrition, then decided to go to medical school and focus on oncology. Plenty of information is available from the website of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or NCCAM website for complementary and Alternative medicine. This medicine involves usage of alcohol and several elements (like zinc, phosphate, sulphur etc.).