Fever and Complimentary Medicine
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#x203A; CAM = Complimentary medicine (practice used in addition to conventional) and alternative medicine (practice used instead of conventional).
› Practically all human cultures have used some form of CAM.
› CAM aims to treat the patient as a whole; treatment attempts to stimulate the self-healing abilities of body.
› While conventional medicine is largely science-based, CAM is largely based on beliefs. Part of the success may be due to placebo effects.
› More research is needed to determine what practice in CAM is superior to the conventional medicine so that it can be advocated for wider use.
› CAM should be evidence-based and procedures scientifically based.
› Consumers of herbal or homeopathic products are advised to take them only if these are officially licensed, and not for prolonged use. Chinese herbal medicines with complex ingredients are best avoided due to reported side effects.
› There has been little research in CAM on the subject of fever or febrile illness. Trials are needed to assess the effect of herbal antipyretic medicine on the treatment of fever.
KeywordsConventional Medicine Spiritual Healing Homeopathic Medicine Complex Ingredient Pediatric Pain
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