Recently a Mayo Clinic article http://www.mayoclinic.org *addressed the questions - What are some examples of complementary and alternative medicine? Why are some doctors hesitant about complementary and alternative medicine? Why is there so little evidence about complementary and alternative medicine?
“Many conventional doctors practicing today didn't receive training in CAM therapies, so they may not feel comfortable making recommendations or addressing questions in this area. However, as the evidence for certain therapies increases, doctors are increasingly open to complementary and alternative medicine. At the same time, doctors also have good reason to be cautious when it comes to complementary and alternative medicine. Conventional medicine values therapies that have been demonstrated through research and testing to be safe and effective. While scientific evidence exists for some CAM therapies, for many there are key questions that are yet to be answered. In addition, some practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine make exaggerated claims about curing diseases, and some ask you to forgo treatment from your conventional doctor. For these reasons, many doctors are conservative about recommending CAM therapies.”
And concluded – “Talk to your doctor about risks and benefits of complementary and alternative medicine. Work with your conventional medical doctor to help you make informed decisions regarding complementary and alternative treatments. Even if your doctor can't recommend a specific practitioner, he or she can help you understand possible risks and benefits before you try a treatment. It's especially important to involve your doctor if you're pregnant, have medical problems or take prescription medicine. And don't stop or change your conventional treatment — such as the dose of your prescription medications — without talking to your doctor first. Finally, be sure to keep your doctor updated on any complementary and alternative therapies you're using, including herbal and dietary supplements.”
* To read the full Mayo Clinic article “Complementary and alternative medicine, You've heard the hype about complementary and alternative medicine. Now get the facts” highlight and click on open hyperlink
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