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Introduction to CAM Medicine

by Salahud-Din Abdul-Razacq

11th Grade

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What exactly is CAM Medicine?

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By definition...

Complementary and Alternative Medicine, as defined by NCCAM, is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine.

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What's the difference between COMPLEMENTARY and ALTERNATIVE medicines?

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Complementary medicine is used in addition to regular allopathic or western medicines.

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Alternative medicine is used instead of using regular allopathic or western medicines.

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Are there different types of CAM medicines?

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Of course!

And they are...

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Massage therapy or bodywork therapy such as Reiki, Alexander technique, and shiatsu

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Chiropractor, reflexology, and Qi-gong

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Oriental bodywork, acupuncture, and acupressure

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Biofeedback, energy healing, and magnetic therapy

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Herbal and nutritional supplements, folk medicine, and naturopathy

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What are some common treatments?

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Massage Therapy

Herbal Supplements



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What is a chiropractor?

It is a practitioner that manipulates the spine for alternative medical treatments.

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What is massage therapy?

It is a complementary treatment that involves using different types of massage.

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What are herbal supplements?

They are herb or plant-based supplements used either with or without conventional medicines to treat conditions.

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What is acupunture?

It is a Chinese method that uses metal needles on certain body points to treat conditions.

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What is biofeedback?

It is a means of using the body’s energy waves with the mind to heal the body.

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What can we conclude?

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There are other available treatment options.

Medicines only work if you believe they will.

While some medicines work better together, others just work better for certain people.

Conventional medicines, as well as CAM medicines, have their own time and place.

Knowledge is the key to living a healthy life!

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