Complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products for diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention which are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine. Complementary means to improve the effect of something and suggests a treatment that complements mainstream, orthodox treatment, whilst alternative means instead of. However, the terms are often used interchangeably.
Alternative medicine has proven to be effective and reaches those who may not trust mainstream medicine.
Alternative medicine makes people feel better
Many people swear by alternative medicine for having helped to ease symptoms or even cure diseases.Explore
It is the therapeutic relationship that makes the difference
Alternative medicine works because people form a close relationship with the practitioner.Explore
Alternative medicine can complement traditional medicine
A huge number of people claim to have felt the effects of alternative medicine.Explore
Alternative medicine works because of the placebo effect
The thing that makes alternative medicine 'work' is a simple placebo effect.Explore
Alternative medicine helps those who distrust the mainstream
Alternative medicine appeals to people with a distrust of authority or belief in conspiracy theories.Explore
No, alternative medicine is not effective
Alternative medicine has no proven effect, and where it appears to be effective is only a placebo.
Alternative medicine has no proven effect
There is no scientific evidence of alternative medicine's effectiveness.Explore
If a treatment does work, it becomes orthodox medicine
Alternative medicine doesn't work - if it did, it would just be mainstream medicine.Explore
Alternative medicine simply acts as a placebo
Any benefits that one experiences from alternative medicine are simply a trick of the mind. Most diseases will come right eventually anyway unless they are chronic or terminal.Explore
Alternative medicine can cause serious harm
Some argue that if alternative medicine makes people feel better, it can’t do any harm. However, alternative medicine can cause significant damage.
Anyone can portray themselves as an alternative therapist
Unlike the years and years of intensive education, ongoing supervision and high levels of regulation that doctors, nurses and pharmacists undergo, anyone can set up shop as an alternative therapist or healer.Explore
Alternative medicine prevents people from getting real medicine
People who believe strongly in alternative medicines sometimes avoid seeking traditional treatment because they believe alternative medicine will cure them.Explore
Huge amounts of money are spent on alternative medicine
Millions are spent both on research into alternative medicine as well as the money spent by people on their alternative health care.Explore
Some alternative medicines are actively harmful
Alternative medicine can have negative interactions with prescribed mainstream medications people may already be on.Explore
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