Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Posted by Charles on December 12, 2016

Three questions to help you decide about any treatment.

  • Do the potential benefits outweigh the downsides?
  • Does the intervention seem to be the easiest and safest way to accomplish what you want?
  • Does the product appear to be too good to be true (such as curing all types of cancer)? If so, well, you know how the old saying goes.

Three essential sources for authoritative and helpful data on CAM.

  • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Evidence based answers (that means based on medical research) to questions about CAM for all diseases; their topic list has more than 300 types of CAM and diseases including acupuncture, botanicals, mind-body techniques, nutrition, pharmacologicals, and much more. Part of the National Institutes of Health, they answer basic and advanced questions. 800-422-6237 Mon-Fri 8am-8pm.
  • Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine(OCCAM). Its the same as NCCAM above but only for cancer. 800-422-6237 Mon-Fri 8am-8pm.
  • QuackWatch is a safe website that helps detect false medical claims and quacks. Note: Articles on this site often refer to weaknesses in certain treatments; they usually refer not to the treatments themselves, but to how practitioners advertise them.

Below you will find face to face classses and/or groups addressing or using mind-body techniques.

Mind/Body Techniques to Enhance Healing (Novant Health). This group helps people incorporate healing techniques into their lives. Open to anyone who has any type of cancer, the group members learn about and how to use meditation, imagery, stress reduction, relaxation, etc.  They meet every Monday evening from 7pm-9pm. Call 704-332-8394 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm or 704-384-5223 Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm. 

Tai Chi and Qigong. Instructors help cancer patients learn to relax, increase energy, and harmonize body, mind, and spirit.  Members progress at their own rates without competition.  Check the listings at the website for more information. Call the Cancer Resource Center at LCI for more details at 908-442-1006 Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm. 


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