Complementary vs Alternative Medicine

August 21, 2015

 

Complementary medicine refers to healing practices and products that work in conjunction with traditional medicine. For example, a cancer patient receiving chemotherapy may also undergo acupuncture to help manage chemo side effects like nausea and vomiting. Alternative medicine differs in that it is not used as a complement to, but rather as a substitute for traditional therapy. An example would be a cancer patient who forgoes recommended chemotherapy and instead chooses to treat the disease with specific dietary changes. For those of you interested in learning about alternative and complementary therapies, there is an all day Annie Appleseed Foundation event on Saturday, September 19th at St. Bart’s Church, 325 Park Avenue, NY. There will be 8 speakers. I will be presenting on the importance of exercise. Contact me at caroljmichaels@gmail.com for registration information.

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