Modern Western medicine is rapidly becoming complex and very expensive. Increasing pressures on an under-doctored National Health Service (NHS) are now such that the average primary care physician has very little time to spend with each patient in consultation in order to offer the attention and ‘tender loving care’ which were important therapeutic weapons for his predecessors.
When he or she diagnoses a serious or acute condition known to be amenable to modern treatment, the patient will usually be referred to an appropriate specialist, although some such problems can increasingly be handled effectively in primary care. When a chronic complaint is diagnosed it is often treated symptomatically with a prescription drug. Furthermore in a group practice patients may sometimes see different doctors on each occasion they attend, and thus lack a close therapeutic relationship with a single doctor. Added to this is the fact that many conventional medical and surgical interventions, as well as effective synthetic drugs, and 緊緻皮膚 even some of herbal origin an example being the chemotherapy drug Vincristine, made from the Periwinkle plant, produce in some patients troublesome and distressing side-effects which may occasionally even have fatal consequences. Such adverse reactions are usually less common with natural complementary and alternative therapies. The benefit-risk ratio must be taken into account by doctors but is seldom rarely explained fully to the patient.
It is not, therefore, surprising that the satisfaction expressed by many patients with conventional medicine is often not as good as it was in the past. It is probable that this is one of the principal reasons why there has been such a marked increase in the numbers of people who turn to other systems of medicine or to complementary or alternative medicine to replace or supplement their conventional medical advice. It is these complementary and alternative disciplines that are now increasing in demand.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is a title used to refer to a diverse group of health-related therapies and disciplines which are not considered to be a part of mainstream medical care. Other terms sometimes used to describe them include ‘natural medicine’, ‘non-conventional medicine’ and ‘holistic medicine’. However, CAM is currently the term used most often. CAM embraces those therapies that may either be provided alongside conventional medicine (complementary) or which may, in the view of their practitioners, act as a substitute for it. There is a widespread perception that CAM use is increasing in the United Kingdom and across the developed world.
The use of (CAM) appears to raise several important questions of substantial significance in relation to public health policy while at the same time Alternative therapies seem to be ruffling feathers with the government authorities such as the MHRA who over react by raiding the suppliers in an attempt to find something wrong and use this wrong as a tool to shut down websites that offer Complimentary and Alternative therapies which some say promotes freedom of speech and exposes the government and a UK law namely The Cancer Act 1939 for oppression of truth, which always involves the government controlled media in giving a bad press to any viable product, based on unfounded allegations given to National Press Reporters by the MHRA in an attempt to discredit a legal and viable product such as triamazon, thats backed-up with scientific research listed on Pubmed and which has been proven to outsmart chemotherapy.