Complementary medicine has experienced a significant increase in demand since the 1960s. While doubts remain over some treatments due to a lack of thorough research, it is without question that more and more patients (and doctors), are putting their trust in alternative treatments and remedies.
Figures in the US indicate that spending on natural products has surpassed $15 billion, while studies suggest that there are in excess of 100 million European users. Increased clinical exploration is resulting in almost one in three countries providing higher education courses in complementary and alternative medicine, as medical personnel look to integrate alternative treatments with pharmaceutical medicine.
For those who suffer from debilitating diseases, finding any method of relief is welcome. The graphic provides information on some of the facts behind CAM, and looks at some treatments that some people have found to be successful.
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