The use of complementary medicine is more popular than ever in the U.S. More and more people are realizing the power of natural sources for remedying and preventing common physical and mental health problems. Because many traditional medical specialists and patients are becoming more familiar with the benefits of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), they are using them with greater frequency in combination with traditional medical treatments. There are many different types of CAM treatments and therapies. Examples include:
- Homeopathic treatment
- Deep breathing exercises
- Tai chi
- Herbal supplementation
- Music therapy
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Frequently Asked Questions
Could I benefit from seeing a complementary and alternative medicine specialist?
What should I expect when consulting with a integrative medicine specialist?
If you see a CAM specialist, you may be asked many of the same questions that a traditional doctor would ask. Your family history, physical symptoms and overall health all play a role in the determining which types of therapy or treatments could be right for you. But you can be sure that your integrative medicine specialist will work with you using the most conservative and natural methods possible.
How will complementary and alternative therapies integrate into my lifestyle?
If you decide that complementary and alternative medicine is right for you, there are many ways of incorporating it into your lifestyle. Some people choose to use therapies selectively and as a supplement to medical treatments, whereas others practice them as an ongoing method of preventive care and health maintenance. Some even choose to practice a single system of alternative medicine, such as naturopathy, independently of all other forms of medicine.