CAM as defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a "group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of traditional medicine." Although the FDA does not approve dietary supplements, they regulate them in order to ensure that the product is that which has been stated on the label.
Alternative Medicine = holistic therapies used in place of conventional medicine
Acupuncture or Dry Needle Therapy,
Energy Therapy e.g. - infrared light (pain therapy),
Body Manipulation e.g. - chiropractic,
Dietary Supplements e.g. - amino acids, enzymes, herbs, metabolites, probiotics, vitamins, etc.
Very few medical doctors in America are trained in this area. Doctors who are trained in this area are referred to as functional doctors.
Not all supplements are created equal!
How to know if you are purchasing high quality supplements?
The reputation of the manufacturer is critical! The following things listed below could seriously alter the intended product results.
Ripeness of the plant
Potential lab contaminants
Temperature & Storage
Yes, nutrition can be a great intervention tool when something unfortunate happens, but why not start utilizing Nutrition Prevention! ( see March 25th 2015 Wednesday Wonder)
United States. Food and Drug Administration. <www.fda.gov/regulatoryinformation/guidances/ucm144657.htm>
United States. National Institute of Health. <nccih.nih.gov/health/supplements>