Complementary & Alternative Medicine

As data and research continue to develop, trends show that patients are losing faith in conventional methods of treatment and are turning to dietary supplements, alternative medicine, cannabis and other forms of self treatment.  John Hopkins reports that in the US alone, 38% of adults and 12% of children use some form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). 

So what is CAM?

CAM can include acupuncture, ayurveda, homeopathy, touch therapies, diet, herbs, biofeedback, meditation, and external energy practices such as reiki.  Although there are not clinical trials confirming the efficacy of these modalities of treatment, a rising number of patients and consumers swear by the benefits they or their loved ones have experienced. 

Studies even suggest that about half of cancer patients use some form of complementary therapy at some point during their illness. So why is this? 

One notable hypothesis is that conventional medicine does not account for the personalization required to treat individuals effectively.

Patients are not the same.  A person’s genetic makeup varies infinitely from one another. So why would our response to treatment be the same?

CAM can be viewed as a personalized approach to medicine and treatment.  

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