Nowadays, more and more people are turning to alternative and or complementary treatments to treat their diseases. Complementary and Alternative treatments are often interchangeable terms although initially alternative treatments was meant to be used instead of conventional treatments, it is now often used together with conventional treatments to treat illnesses, given the name Complementary Treatments .
In the recent years, the terms “Alternative Treatments” and “Complementary Treatments” have gained much popularity. Nearly 40 percent of the american population report using alternative and/or complementary treatment methods. In most cases, though, people are confused as to what they really mean and how it is connected to conventional treatments. These terms are often used interchangeably and are very similar but they are different.
Traditional medicine is based on scientific evidence and involves a doctor, hospitals and prescriptions. However, if a patient seeks unconventional treatments – whether proven safe or effective – it is considered alternative treatments or complementary alternative medicine (CAM). Continue reading