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We take the same approach to CAM as to Western medicine by:Evaluating whether the treatment is safe and effectiveCounseling you about the risks and benefitsConsidering how to make it part of your total care programIf you are interested in using CAM, discuss it with us.

 We want you to feel comfortable talking about your options, and we will do our best to help you find the best one for you Overview. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is any therapy or practice that developed outside of conventional Western medical practice. Some examples of CAM include: Going to a chiropractor for back pain; Using supplements when you are getting a cold; Doing breathing exercises when you feel stressed .

Our research on CAMMind-body health programs for obesity managementShamanistic healing for temporomandibular disorders (TMD)Ayurvedic medicine for type 2 diabetesAcupuncture for low back pain Next » If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.

This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional.

If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor Will duct tape cure my warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) established http://nccam.nih.gov/; First full scale article in JAMA on herbal medicine; Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM) established .

If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned.

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