Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Anil Minocha, MD FACP FACG

Chapter 2: Popularity and Status of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (continued)

KEY POINTS Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies are becoming increasingly popular. There is concern/criticism about the safety of complementary and alternative therapeutic formulations available in the market. CAM has been growing in popularity in Western countries1 and has gathered increasing recognition in recent years with regard to both treatment options and health hazards. Access to such systems is somewhat limited, and a variety of strategies have been advocated to counter that obstacle.2 The variety of systems presents a wide…