Copyright 2016 ScienceDaily or by third parties, where indicated. All rights controlled by their respective owners. Complementary medicine is several mostly non-medical methods to help patients handle cancer and treatment side effects, pain, depression and anxiety. Research data has verified the benefits of many complementary therapies, including acupuncture, yoga, massage, stress reduction techniques and nutritional supplements. Alternatives are a great relief after vastly-overpriced regular toxic chemical medicines fail dismally.
Other herbal medicines that have been implicated in creating health issues include St. John's wort, whose leaves and yellow flowers are being used to take care of depression, but can hinder HIV medications; the roots of the kava-kava plant, the improper preparation which has been linked with liver damage; and ephedra, a short evergreen bush that goes on the name ma huang, and has been linked with high blood pressure and heart attacks.
Traditional medicine refers to the pre-scientific practices of a certain culture, contrary to what's typically practiced in other cultures where medical science dominates. Modern medicine, some physicians, and big pharmaceutical companies don't want us reverting to the old ways for concern with losing the almighty profit prescription and over-the-counter drugs have provided.
Physicians may decide to consider if they can help patients in obtaining reliable and accurate information about the CAM modality or intervention involved. This might involve suggesting potential resources, 14 or referring patients to other practitioners where doing this is in the best interests of the individual, and can support informed decision making.
Doctors and academics see benefit in better knowledge of CAM use by their patients and establishing what's and isn't working5, yet there continues to be concerted attacks on CAM with authorities not caring to take a balanced view of the data and calling it a waste of resources. Unfortunately, lack of finances means a wide defence has yet to be established and studies struggle to be funded.