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Complementary & Alternative Medicine

What is the difference between conventional, complementary, and alternative medicines and therapies?

Conventional therapies are prescribed by a doctor and are based on scientifically-proven evidence from clinical studies. Complementary therapies refer to treatments that you take in addition to conventional medications. Alternative medicine is something that replaces conventional medical treatment.

Complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) are not scientifically proven. There is some evidence that some CAMs are effective, especially in addressing quality of life issues (i.e., emotional well-being, stress management, and pain management). Questions remain, however, as to their reliability and long-term effectiveness.

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