RadioMD: The Dr. Decker Weiss Show
RadioMD: The Dr. Decker Weiss Show

Why Alternative Medicine Can be Worth the Expense

November 11, 20139 min
$34 billion dollars yearly are spent on complementary and alternative medicine according to the National Institutes of Health.Complementary and alternative medicines, otherwise known as CAM, encompass a wide variety of practices for prevention and treatment including acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, meditation, yoga, massages, chiropractic treatments and sometimes even prayer. Alternative medicine or “natural medicine” can be more expensive than a conventional medical approach, due to lack of insurance coverage. In addition, it can be more difficult to find reliable products and practitioners, since it is not usually test approved by the Food and Drug Administration for safety and effectiveness. So why do it?For some, the benefits may outweigh the cost. $34 billion dollars yearly are spent on complementary and alternative medicine according to the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Decker Weiss weighs in on the pluses and minuses of alternative medicine and if it is worth the out-of-pocket expense.

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