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Complementary vs. Alternative Medicine

Timothy Sobo Small 90x120With Timothy Sobo, LAc

A very important factor in health care is distinguishing between the terms “complementary” and “alternative” medicine (CAM).  While this distinction may sound like arguing semantics it is far more than that.

Alternative gives the implication of a choice between two mutually exclusive possibilities.  Alternative medicine, at times, is promoted instead of the mainstream treatment for injuries or any other serious illness.  The “us” vs. “them” mentality of alternative medicine and mainstream medicine has a negative effect on the patient who could benefit from both.

Complementary is working together and completing a greater picture, supplementing mutual needs and/or offsetting mutual lacks.  Complementary medicine means working with the mainstream, becoming part of the mainstream, and providing care for the patient.  It is here, in a complementary role, that acupuncture is important and shows its great strength. 

As a health care professionals, we must use the term complementary medicine instead of alternative medicine.  With the end goal of dropping the term complementary all together and just having medicine.

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Langhorne-Francis
1205 Langhorne-Newtown Road
Suite 210
Langhorne, PA 19047

New Brunswick
78 Easton Avenue
First Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Oakhurst
1912 Route 35
Suite 101
Oakhurst, NJ 07755

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Suite 211
Bristol, PA 190007

Freehold B
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Suite B-11
Freehold, NJ 07728

Iselin
740 Route 1N
Iselin, NJ 08830

Brick
5 Princeton Avenue
Brick, NJ 08724


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