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People tend to look back for so many reasons. Some do this in order to see what is behind, or to see how far we have come, or to just see if someone is behind us. There are many reasons why we are doing this and this is something that people are trying to find out more about them, and some have found answers in the Far East. Many health problems present in the world of today are being treated by the holistic medicine from the past. The names used for this is CAM, or the complementary and alternative medicine.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The ability to prevent or cure diseases is not what CAM wants. There are alternatives to the modern medicine and this is something which is becoming more and more popular in the US, where 50% of population has tried this sort of medicine. CAM considers many things and its number is increasing. Even conventional medicine has uses for certain therapies from the CAM since they proved to be very effective and efficient. Alternative and complementary medicines are two different things and are not interchangeable. Conventional medicine is used together with the modern medicine and it aids the healing of the body with the help of essential oils, herbs, magnets and many other items. Conventional practices are sometimes substituted by the alternative medicine, which does not resemble modern medicine. Wellbeing of the human body can be preserved by the CAM, which is why more than 44 billion of dollars were given in 1997 for the CAM by the American people. More than third of adults from the America use CAM medicine.


This number increases to 62% when we add prayer and multivitamin used for treatments along the CAM. Demographically, CAM is spreading to every region of the planet but in some areas, people are more open to this sort of treatment. Also, it is interesting to say that males use CAM less than females. People, who are former smokers, those who were hospitalized during past year or have a higher education level use CAM more. Some of the problems people tend to use CAM for are joint, back, head and neck pain, but it can be used for many other problems as well. Other problems commonly treated with CAM are sleeping problems, depression and anxiety. There are three reasons why people use CAM more and those are lack of funds for the conventional treatment, inefficiency of the conventional treatment and belief in great benefits of conventional medicine and CSAM combined.

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