Complementary and alternative medicine—also known as CAM—has been gaining ground in the United States. In 2007, the National Health Interview Survey indicated approximately 38 percent of adult Americans used CAM. The definition of CAM is difficult, because it is a very broad field. Generally, CAM is any medical therapy that is not considered mainstream or conventional medicine.
- January 1st, 2015
Complementary and alternative medicine therapies are often used alongside conventional treatments for cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and high cholesterol. One study indicated that patients with CVD and the associated risk factors actually make more use of CAM therapies—specifically natural products and mind-body practices—than the rest of the population.
- September 1st, 2014
The movement for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is famous for its consumer base. The rising tide of our collective personal choices overflowed conventional medicine’s barriers, so the medical industry was pushed to explore what was going on.By John Weeks
- July 1st, 2014
This last spring, Josephine Briggs, MD, the director of what has been called the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), asked for public comment on a proposed name change for the agency. Briggs proposed that NCCAM be renamed the National Center for Research in Complementary and Integrative Health (NCRCIH).The search for the proper term to describe alternatives to conventional medicineBy John Weeks
- March 1st, 2014
Those who grow up experiencing medicine and medical treatment as pharmaceuticals, diagnostic procedures, and surgery can have trouble with the idea of “positive side effects.”By John Weeks
- May 1st, 2013
Worldwide only 10 to 30 percent of health care is provided by what most of us in the US would recognize as a doctor or nurse—someone trained in science-based medicine. The remainder, upwards of 70 percent of the human race, seeks to treat illness by way of folk practitioners using treatment traditions often very different from our own.Understanding the role of complementary and alternative medicineBy Hana R. Solomon, MD
- September 1st, 2012
What is the most common type of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) treatment that mid-life women in the United States use to maintain their health?
- August 31st, 2011
A lot has changed in the world of alternative medicine since the early 1990s, when I first edited Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide.A revolution in US healthcare is underway—but while we’ve come a long way, there’s still a lot of ground left to cover.By Larry Trivieri JR
- August 31st, 2011
I have never favored single-issue politics. Life is too complex to make thumbs-up or thumbs-down decisions about a politician based on a single vote taken on a single issue.
Similarly, complex legislative packages warrant balanced consideration, weighing all of their elements. This is what we charge our elected officials to do.by John Weeks