Complementary and Alternative Medicine or CAM as if has been abbreviated is the name given for the wide range of medicine now being practiced throughout the world. CAM uses pretty much all the types of medicine that are practiced world-wide. These include Conventional Medicine, Internal Medicine, and complementary medicine. CAM has been used by many different types of patients from children to adults to treat illnesses or injuries. It can also be used as a form of preventive medicine taking care of the individuals health needs before they become sick. The treatments used in CAM can include the following stem cell injection therapy to help with healing conditions such as joint injuries. As for preventive treatment these can include high dose vitamin c therapy and many have hailed the benefits of ozone therapy.
The Philosophy of CAM
There are actually four basic philosophies of CAM that are used to benefit the patients over all health when each practice is used together. These basic philosophies are:
- Preventive Medicine
- Helping the Body to Heal Itself
- Educating and Healing Can Work Together
- Holistic Treatments and medicine
Things To Consider Before Choosing CAM
CAM can be a beneficial process for someone to want to use but there are things to consider first. One thing is not all the practices that are outlined in CAM are covered by the FDA. This includes Holistic treatments and dietary supplements. Because of this reason odds are the treatments won’t be covered by health plans. This would mean out of pocket cost for the individual. Also, if the the person is currently seeing a physician due to a health problem it would be highly advisable to consult with them before considering CAM.
The reason natural isn’t always safe, and sometimes herbal treatments can interact with other medications the person is currently taking. Also, keep in mind that in holistic treatments different compounds can be used. So, it’s always a good idea to ask questions and to get as many answers as possible. Also, do your research about CAM, it can be a great alternative form of medicine but it does have its drawbacks. It’s best to know beforehand what the pros and cons of the treatment are going to be before deciding to venture into this course of treatment.