Complementary & Alternative Medicine
Complementary medicine is a treatment option used in conjunction with standard medicinal procedures but are not considered standard. One instance is using acupuncture to help relieve any of the side effects of cancer therapy. Alternative medicine is a medical approach used rather than standard medicinal procedures. One example is following a special diet in place of an oncologist prescribed anticancer medication to cure cancer. In general, CAM treatments were examined for safety and effectiveness by an intensive research procedure that involves clinical trials of substantial numbers of patients.