Feb. 1, 2011 -- More Americans are turning to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), including those who have trouble meeting the cost of conventional care, a study shows.Why is complementary and alternative medicine so popular?
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has become a popular form of healthcare and the predictions are that, it will increase further. The reasons for this level of popularity are highly diverse, and much of the motivation to turn to CAM pertains to a deeply felt criticism of mainstream medici …What is the difference between Western medicine and alternative medicine?
One thing is clear in all this: Western medical treatment is designed to arrest the tangible, physical ailments that affect the body in order to heal it and hopefully restore it to the optimum level. Alternative medicine arrives at its healing by taking paths and adopting procedures that appear strange to the Western-trained eye.What prompted the search for alternative treatments in the 20s?
As the 20th century closed, the failing of many "miracle" medicines prompted a search for alternative treatments. The decreasing effectiveness of antibiotics, in particular, spurred this search for replacements.