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Complementary and Alternative Medicine

James Thomas Muller, DO, Kelley V. Lawrence, IBCLC, MD and Kimberly M Chekan, MPH, DO Reviewed 06/2022
 


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 a...

DIAGNOSIS

HISTORY

  • What has you interested in pursuing CAM and what prior knowledge do you have about CAM?

  • What is your biggest concern today and why?

  • Past medical history, surgical history, family histo...

TREATMENT

  • Osteopathic manipulative treatment

    • Used to relieve somatic dysfunctions in following regions: head, cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum, innominates, upper extremities, lower extremi...

ONGOING CARE

FOLLOW-UP RECOMMENDATIONS

Maintain contact between primary care provider and CAM providers; make sure records are shared between both providers. 

Patient Monitoring

Dietary supplements are t...

REFERENCES

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Urits I, Schwartz RH, Orhurhu V, et al. A Comprehensive Review of Alternative Therapies for the Management of Chronic Pain Patients: Acupuncture, Tai Chi, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine...

ADDITIONAL READING

SEE ALSO

American Osteopathic Association. Tenents of Osteopathic Medicine. https://osteopathic.org/about/leadership/aoa-governance-documents/tenets-of-osteopathic-medicine. ...

CODES

ICD10

Z76.89 Persons encountering health services in other specified circumstances 

SNOMED

  • 225423004 Complementary therapy

  • 182548004 Chiropraxy (regime/therapy)

  • 440644000 Holistic massage therapy (re...

CLINICAL PEARLS

  • Enteric coated peppermint oil may help IB-associated abdominal pain.

  • Ashwagandha may help to reduce stress and anxiety.

  • Riboflavin is helpful for migraine prophylaxis 400 mg daily—may ta...

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