What are complementary and alternative (CAM) treatments used for?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

People who use complementary and alternative (CAM) treatments do so for a variety of reasons. Mostly they are used to accompany conventional care to improve general health and well-being. They are also used when conventional therapies for illnesses fall short or have failed. Still, others forgo conventional therapies altogether because they do not want to experience their potential side effects. And some prefer alternative therapies because conventional treatments do not align with their personal or spiritual philosophies.

Whatever the reasons, CAM therapies can bring comfort, control, and calm to the people who use them. Nearly 40% of adults have used CAM therapies at some point in their life, mostly for back and neck problems, headaches, insomnia, colds, joint pain, anxiety, depression, and cancer relief.

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