Therapeutic Fasting – Benefits and Basic Overview
Therapeutic fasting is refraining from eating solid foods for a short period of time specifically for the purpose of detoxifying the body and promoting health. Fasting is part of many More...
Complementary medicine is alternative medicine that is used in conjunction with conventional medicine. Many patients dealing with illness draw help from both conventional and alternative medicine practices; ideally, the two can work synergistically for the patient’s greater benefit.
Complementary medicine can be used to improve a patient’s quality of life while undergoing conventional medical treatment.
It’s important to find conventional and alternative practitioners who will work in cooperation; some doctors practice integrative medicine, which includes both conventional and alternative medicine. If you cannot find two practitioners who will work together, it’s VITAL to inform each practitioner about all therapies you are using.
The US federal government’s National Institutes of Health considers complementary medicine an umbrella term that includes all alternative therapies, whether used with conventional medicine or alone. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, another government agency, defines “complementary and alternative medicine” as a group of diverse healthcare systems and medical practices and products that aren’t generally considered part of conventional medicine. The mission of the NCCAM is to create a database of effective alternative medicine practices that can be used by conventional physicians.
Complementary medicine has a strong success record in helping alleviate these side effects, making it more likely that patients will be willing to undergo chemotherapy and stay with that treatment program until their cancer is gone. In a Taiwanese study in 2011, 80 percent of 208 outpatients undergoing chemotherapy used complementary medicine to deal with the unpleasant side effects of medication. Chanting and enzyme therapy were the most popular complementary medicines used.
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