Alternative, Complementary, Integrative Medicine?

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 Alternative, Complementary, Integrative Medicine, what does it all mean?

When dealing with a cancer diagnosis, you are faced with so many changes and new experiences.  I felt like I was learning a whole new language, with words I had never heard of.  As a cancer survivor speaker now, people ask me what the difference is between conventional medicine, alternative medicine, complementary medicine, and integrative medicine.

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is the name chosen by the National Institutes of Health. CAM is defined as the “broad range of healing philosophies, approaches, and therapies that mainstream Western (conventional) medicine does not commonly use, accept, study, understand, or make available.”CAM therapies may be used alone, as an alternative to conventional therapies, or in addition to conventional, mainstream medicine to treat conditions and promote wellbeing.

Integrative medicine is a new term that emphasizes the combination of both conventional and alternative approaches to address the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of health and illness. It emphasizes respect for the human capacity for healing, the importance of the relationship between the practitioner and the patient, a collaborative approach to patient care among practitioners, and the practice of conventional, complementary, and alternative health care that is evidence.

So as a proud cancer survivor, I used integrative medicine for healing from stage 4 melanoma.  This term wasn’t even used back when I was on my healing journey.

I am so blessed that I was led down the best path.


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