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.
WHAT IS ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE?
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.
TO MINIMIZE THE HEALTH RISKS OF A CAM TREATMENT
- Discuss it with your doctor. It might have side effects or interact with other medicines
- Find out what the research says about it
- Choose CAM practitioners carefully
- Tell all of your doctors and practitioners which CAM and standard treatments you use
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.