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About CAM/Integrative Medicine

Use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) is on the increase in the United States. A recent survey indicates that

  • 40% of Americans use CAM for chronic conditions;
  • CAM was most frequently used for pain control, and nearly 50% reported using CAM because their prescribed medications were ineffective;
  • more than half of these patients used dietary supplements or herbal therapies, and almost two-thirds of the patients found CAM helpful; and

The role of alternative medicines, either as analgesics used alone or as adjuvants to minimize the need for opioid analgesics, remains unexplored.

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