The Peterson Group is a non-profit organization with an aim to create awareness to the public on the wide spread of alternative medicines and its incorporation with evidence-based medicines that have been used in substitute for scientifically based medicines.
To prove the effectiveness of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and Integrative Medicines, we have gathered team of professionals to distinguish the importance of these methods in the society, review the efficiency through various tests and experiments, gather complaints and create the awareness, thus, the existence of this site.
Alternative Medicine is any practice that is put forward as having the healing effects as medicine, but is not founded on evidence gathered using the scientific method. It is mostly called Complimentary and Alternative Medicines (CAM). Complementary medicine is used together with standard medicine care. An example is using acupuncture which is widely used in China, Jakarta, Indonesia and other Asian countries to help side effects of cancer treatment.
Alternative medicine is used in place of standard medical care. An example is treating heart disease with chelation therapy (which seeks to remove excess metals from the blood) instead of using a standard approach.
The claims that CAM treatment providers make can sound promising. However, researchers do not know how safe many CAM treatments are or how well they work. Studies are underway to determine the safety and usefulness of many CAM practices. Almost 40% of the total population is reportedly using CAM therapies too often.
Eastern countries have a longstanding tradition of teaching alternative medicine. But until recently, most Western hospitals didn't provide any alternative treatments and Western medical schools didn't teach them.
Patients in Western countries are becoming more receptive to trying alternative techniques, and have been asking for them. As a result, many Western medical schools are starting to teach these medicine techniques and theories. Some hospitals and doctors are supplementing their regular medical care with alternative techniques.
Integrative medicine, which is also called integrated medicine and integrative health in the United Kingdom,combines alternative medicine with evidence-based medicine. Proponents claim that it treats the "whole person," focuses on wellness and health rather than on treating disease, and emphasizes the patient-physician relationship.
Integrative medicine has been criticized for compromising the effectiveness of mainstream medicine through inclusion of ineffective alternative remedies, and for claiming it is distinctive in taking a rounded view of a person's health.
The rapidly growing field of integrative medicine seeks to combine the best of both worlds—appropriate components of conventional medicine and CAM—to help patients achieve optimal health and wellness.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to dietitians, but nutrition plays an important role in integrative medicine and has spawned a relatively new field that blends the use of food and supplements to promote optimal health and help treat disease. Sometimes called holistic nutrition or integrative nutrition (which is a trademarked phrase of a commercial school for training health coaches called the Institute for Integrative Nutrition), this amorphous discipline is becoming more popular as it focuses on how diet and supplementation may contribute to the wellness objective of healing body, mind, and spirit.