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Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Paul Crawford, MD Reviewed 06/2018
 


BASICS

  • Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) are medical and health care systems, practices, and products not presently considered part of conventional medicine.

  • The National Center for Health S...

TREATMENT

  • Variable evidence supports safety and efficacy of

    • Meditation for lowering BP

    • Acupuncture for chronic low back pain (1)[B]

    • Acupuncture to improve fertility

    • Spinal manipulative therapy for proph...

ONGOING CARE

PATIENT EDUCATION

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (https://nccih.nih.gov/

COMPLICATIONS

ALERT

Ginkgo, goldenseal, and St. John’s wort account for most reported ...

REFERENCES

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1 Manheimer E, White A, Berman B, et al. Meta-analysis: acupuncture for low back pain. Ann Intern Med.  2005;142(8):651–663. {L-End} {L-End} [View Abstract on OvidMedline]
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2 Kligle...

CODES

ICD10

Z76.89 Persons encountering health services in other specified circumstances 

ICD9

V57.9 Care involving unspecified rehabilitation procedure 

SNOMED

  • 225423004 Complementary therapy

  • 182548004 Chi...

CLINICAL PEARLS

  • Oral probiotics reduce respiratory and diarrheal infections and reduce mortality in preterm infants.

  • Acupuncture is effective for back pain, headaches, and infertility.

  • Cognitive-behavio...

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