Complementary and Alternative Medicines

Complementary and Alternative Medicines

Sometimes shortened to CAM – is a system of healing which encompasses variety of practices, theories, beliefs and modalities. These methods can often be used by themselves or along with orthodox medicine in treatment or in prevention of a disease in Human and Veterinary patients.

Homeopathy is a system which can be used inline with other forms of treatments. Everything that can be known about the patient can be used to consider the remedy. It is referred to as holistic therapy because of its approach to heal the patient and not the disease.

Popularity of Homeopathy is increasing significantly due to a lot of push factors such as delayed appointments with GPs, lack of time spent with the doctors assessing patient, diagnostical delays in hospital settings, disenchantment using antibiotics, ever increasing side effects and antibiotic resistance.

There are over 700 different treatment methods that could be classed as CAM here are a few commonly used disciplines:

  • Acupuncture
  • Aromatherapy
  • Ayurveda
  • Chiropractic
  • Herbalism
  • Homeopathy
  • Iridology
  • Massage
  • Naturopathy
  • Osteopathy
  • Reflexology
  • Shiatsu
% of population using:Complementary medicineAcupunctureHomeopathyOsteopathy chiropracticHerbal medicine
Denmark23122823No info
Germany46No infoNo infoNo infoNo info
Netherlands201631No infoNo info
Spain25121548No info
Comparative usage of complementary medicine (Fisher and Ward, 1994)