In industralized countries, adaptations of traditional medicine are termed “Complementary“ or “Alternative” (CAM).
Scientific evidence from randomized clinical trials is only strong for many uses of acupuncture, some herbal medicines and for some of the manual therapies.
Doctors are embracing CAM therapies, too, often combining them with mainstream medical therapies — spawning the term "integrative medicine." Exactly what's considered alternative medicine changes constantly as treatments undergo testing and move into the mainstream.
Using data from the 2005 National Health Interview Survey and National Health Insurance, we identified 16,756 individuals aged 20 years and older.
In Belgium, at least 70 people required renal transplant or dialysis for interstitial fibrosis of the kidney after taking a herbal preparation made from the wrong species of plant as slimming treatment.
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Countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America use traditional medicine (TM) to help meet some of their primary health care needs.
In Africa, up to 80% of the population uses traditional medicine for primary health care.