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Complementary and Alternative Medicine/Integrative Medicine Approaches 

Complementary and Alternative Medicine/Integrative Medicine Approaches
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Complementary and Alternative Medicine/Integrative Medicine Approaches
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Kalpana D. Shere-Wolfe

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10.1093/med/9780190493097.003.0014
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date: 07 December 2019

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not currently considered part of conventional medicine. If a non-mainstream practice is used together with conventional medicine, it is considered “complementary.” If a non-mainstream practice is used in place of conventional medicine, it is considered “alternative.” Many patients use CAM approaches to their care. Often, patients do not disclose what methods they are using, and providers may have little knowledge of the effects of alternative medications. Interactions with antiretroviral therapy and other medications are important to the care of the patient. Physicians need to routinely ask about CAM use, particularly herbal medicines and supplements.

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