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Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Mar 19, 2008
Complementary and Alternative Medicines are used to supplement or replace conventional medications. Conventional medicine is the one which is practiced by Medical Doctors and Osteopaths.

Most of the people who use alternative medicine use it as supplement for conventional medicine. Only a few people use it as primary therapy.

Which group of patients use alternative medicine? Alternative medicine is mostly used by patients having chronic illness rather than acute life threatening diseases. Most common conditions in which alternative medicine is used include: Musculoskeletal conditions like back pain, neck pain, joint pain and arthritis. Psychological ailments like depression, insomnia, anxiety and addictions.

Is alternative medicine safe and without side effects? Some alternative medicines are safe and proven to be effective scientifically. Alternative medicines can also have side effects like all medications and can also have drug interactions with conventional medicines. So make sure you inform your doctor that you are using alternative medication.

How do I select alternative therapy? Before opting for alternative therapy, discuss with your physician about your intentions. Try to inquire about safety and efficacy of those therapies.

Check with your insurance provider if they cover the costs. Try to gather information about the therapies on internet.
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