Once considered fringe, complementary and alternative
medicine (CAM) treatments, such as herbal remedies, meditation, aromatherapy,
are gaining more acceptance in Western Medicine. Thanks to increasing
research, Doctors are better equipped to understand the role these therapies
plan in helping to treat and prevent illness.
There are many reasons to use alternative medicine today.
Medicines and treatments can range from acupuncture to aromatherapy, to homeopathy
Alternative medicine treats the cause of the symptom,
not just the symptom. It works to understand and treat the disease or
pain that you are feeling.
It improves your quality of life. The cause is targeted,
not just the symptoms.
Alternative medicine is considered to be safe. It relies on
natural medicines and techniques and doesn’t rely on man-made substances.
Lack of harmful side effects
Holistic — focuses
on your overall health, instead of specific symptoms. Alternative medicine looks
at the bigger picture and areas where health can be improved collectively,
for example stress, nutrition, sleep etc
Not addictive —
prescription medication often causes long term dependence and side effects.
When considering any alternative or
complementary treatment, take time to research the risks and benefits. Gather
information from a variety of sources. If you take traditional medicines,
talk with your Doctor, especially if you have a chronic health problem,
you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
A lack of evidence doesn’t necessarily mean the treatment
doesn’t work, but it can make it harder to evaluate its safety and