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Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Paul Crawford, MD Reviewed 06/2019
 


BASICS

DESCRIPTION

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

  • T...

TREATMENT

  • Variable evidence supports safety and efficacy of:

    • Meditation for lowering BP

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

    • Spinal manipulative therapy for prophylactic treatment of headaches

    • Gin...

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

1
Vickers AJ, Vertosick EA, Lewith G, et al; for Acupuncture Trialists’ Collaboration. Acupuncture for chronic pain: update of an individual patient data meta-analysis. J Pain.  2018;19...

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 knee pain.

  • Cognitive-behaviora...

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