CAM: A Natural Approach To Medicine

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An Alternative Approach To Healthcare
Millions of people every year explore complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to help alleviate a wide range of ailments, usually electing to try some combination of conventional and alternative medicine. In this case the alternative treatment (one which is outside the realm of treatments typically suggested by doctors) would be considered a complimentary treatment.

In the United States, approximately 38 percent of adults and 12 percent of children are using some form of CAM. Let’s explore some of the most widely-pursued courses in alternative medicine.

What are CAM Treatments?
CAM: A Natural Approach To Medicine natural healthcare A complimentary treatment is a form of non-conventional medicine which is used in tandem with a conventional treatment to help reinforce or assist in healing. Examples of this would include the use of acupuncture in combination with prescription medications to treat chronic pain or the use of aromatherapy and essential oils to lessen discomfort during recovery from surgery.

In contrast, a treatment would be referred to as alternative if it is not used alongside another conventional method (using acupuncture while bypassing conventional treatments entirely would be considered alternative medicine).

Why Do People Use Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)?
There are many reasons people turn to CAM, including:

  • Failure of conventional medicine to successfully treat their condition.
  • A belief that natural cures are safer.
  • They prefer the holistic approach of CAM which emphasizes a patient’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

Chiropractic Medicine
One of the most mainstream forms of alternative medicine, chiropractic medicine revolves around the proper alignment of the spine. If the spine is not properly aligned, undue pressure can be put on certain nerves. A chiropractor can judge and then make certain adjustments to the spine to ensure that the bones which comprise the spine are properly aligned, thus alleviating temporary pain.

Many people with both acute and chronic back, neck and joint pain see a chiropractor for regular adjustments.

Treatment with Natural Supplements
The use of certain vitamins, minerals, herbs, roots and other substances which occur naturally as medicine has been common in all cultures since antiquity. Many of these substances are still used today in many forms including tablets, powders, tea and other brewed drinks.

Natural substances including clover, ginseng, ginger, kava, soy and various kinds of berries have been suggested as effective treatments for everything from anxiety and stress to chronic pain and nausea. Similarly, many people seek the assistance of vitamins and minerals to treat various ailments.  For example, a common CAM practice is supplements for hair loss.

Another common use of natural substances is for weight loss.  There are various nutrients that can help with everything from sleeping better to boosting energy – all essential tools in the weight loss battle!

Massage
Massage therapy revolves around the pressing or movement of the body’s soft tissues. The purpose of this is to both relieve soreness and stiffness in these areas as well as alleviate stress and anxiety. Research suggests that massage does work to remove stress and anxiety, as well as serve as an effective treatment for certain conditions including fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis.

About The Guest Author
Judy Greene is a health and fitness blogger.  She usually recommends natural healing, home remedies and CAM techniques.

About the author

Linsay Way

Dr. Linsay Way is a chiropractor in Milwaukee, WI. Recognized for her expertise in treating and training athletes in the Milwaukee, West Allis, Greenfield, Waukesha and New Berlin areas, Dr. Way's family practice is open to patients of all ages and conditions. Dr. Linsay loves helping her patients develop healthy habits through a lifestyle that embraces good nutrition, proper exercise and good spinal care.

13 Responses to CAM: A Natural Approach To Medicine

  1. healthcare careers

    Great informative article. I am personally big on natural supplements, massages, and acupuncture. These have kept me healthy so I am all for natural remedies!

     
  2. Sahil

    No, I have never tried any type of CAM, but after going through the proper definition of CAM you discussed above, I would love to gain the experience of CAM treatment and will be back for the comment regarding the same.

     
  3. Advanced Spine Joint and Wellness Center

    I totally believe in complementary and alternative medicine. I think they can help improve blood circulation and prevent heart problems.

     
  4. Natural Anxiety Relief

    I am all about natural or alternative medicine. I myself take herbal supplements to help with my current health issues. I am so glad that it is becoming more encourage in todays world!

     
  5. Skylo@rear view camera

    I am a big believer in acupuncture, you did not mention it.

     
  6. henry

    natural healing is the way to go. the body heals best this way.

     
  7. Adam

    Our bodies are excellent at healing themselves. If we spend a bit more time being aware of what’s going on in our bodies and trying to really listen to what it’s telling us, we’d be far healthier for it.

     
  8. Kemram

    Major thanks for the great article. I’ll be sharing with friends who don’t understand why CAM healthcare is important!

     
  9. Rachael

    I am totally agreed with your thoughts that natural supplement is better as compare to the medicines. As we know that there is no side effect of natural supplements. So for that we should take a healthy diet everyday for living healthy.

     
  10. Mike

    Well, natural treatments are far better, due to significantly fewer side effects and being easier for your body to recover from.

     
  11. Tanveer

    Natural supplements are best when they work. Good stuff.

     
  12. Emily Jason

    Thank you very much for sharing this article with us. I do believe in medicine and medication but I don’t think they are the right way to deal with every problem. Sometimes it’s better to try the so called “alternative medicine” and you can achieve the same or even better results.
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  13. C Ullmer

    Great Article! I am a strong advocate of alternative medicine. As mentioned in the previous comments, our bodies are designed to naturally heal themselves. Unfortunately, there are many lifestyle related factors such as the food we consume and stress that flood our bodies with toxins. Alternative medicine is a great way to rid ourselves of those toxins.

     

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