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Complementary medicine 

Complementary medicine
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Complementary medicine
Author(s):

Max Watson

, Karen O’Reilly

, and Chantal Simon

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199215720.003.0006
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date: 16 October 2019

Complementary medicine 200

Acupuncture 202

Homeopathy 204

Herbal medicine 206

Dietary manipulation and supplementation 208

Physical therapies 210

Counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy 212

Other complementary therapies 214

In the UK ∼90% of the population have tried complementary or alter-native medicine (CAM) at some time. Patients commonly turn to CAM when conventional treatments can not offer a ‘cure’ e.g. when they have chronic pain or in palliative care situations. But, although CAM undoubtedly helps many individuals, its use remains controversial....

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