Complementary and natural medicine consists of practices such as massage, acupuncture, tai chi, and drinking green tea. Credit: iStock Complementary and natural medicine (WEB CAM) is the term for medical items and practices that are not part of basic healthcare. is medicine that is practiced by health professionals who hold an M.D. ( doctor of osteopathy) degree. It is likewise practiced by other health specialists, such as physical therapists, doctor assistants, psychologists, and registered nurses. Standard medication may also be called biomedicine or allopathic, Western, mainstream, orthodox, or regular medication. Some standard healthcare specialists are also professionals of WEB CAM. Complementary medicine is treatments that are utilized in addition to standard medical treatments however are not considered to be basic treatments. Alternative medicine is treatments that are used instead of standard medical treatments. One example is using an unique diet to deal with cancer rather of anticancer drugs that are prescribed by an oncologist. Integrative medicine is a total method to healthcare that combines basic medicine with the WEBCAM practices that have actually been revealed to be safe and effective. NCI offers evidence-based PDQ info for lots of WEB CAM therapies in versions for both the patient and health professional. Some CAM treatments have gone through careful examination and have actually been found to be safe and reliable. However there are others that have been discovered to be inadequate or potentially damaging. Less is learnt about numerous CAMERA therapies, and research study has been slower for a variety of reasons: Time and funding issues Issues finding institutions and cancer researchers to deal with on the research studies Regulative concerns CAMERA treatments need to be assessed with the exact same long and cautious research process utilized to evaluate basic treatments. CAMERA therapies include a wide range of botanicals and dietary products, such as dietary supplements, herbal supplements, and vitamins. Many of these "natural" items are thought about to be safe since they are present in, or produced by, nature. However, that is not true in all cases. In addition, some might impact how well other medicines operate in your body. John's wort, which some people utilize for anxiety, may cause particular anticancer drugs not to work as well as they should. Herbal supplements may be harmful when taken on their own, with other compounds, or in big dosages. For instance, some research studies have actually shown that kava kava, an herb that has actually been used to aid with stress and stress and anxiety, may cause liver damage. For instance, some studies show that high dosages of vitamins, even vitamin C, might affect how chemotherapy and radiation work. Too much of any vitamin is not safe, even in a healthy person. Tell your physician if you're taking any dietary supplements, no matter how safe you think they are. Although there might be ads or claims that something has been used for several years, they do not prove that it's safe or efficient. Supplements do not have actually to be approved by the federal government before being offered to the general public. Likewise, a prescription is not required to purchase them. NCI and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) are presently sponsoring or cosponsoring different medical trials that test WEB CAM treatments and treatments in individuals. Some research study the effects of complementary methods utilized in addition to traditional treatments, and some compare alternative treatments with traditional treatments. Find all cancer WEBCAM clinical trials.