The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

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    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    An introduction to TCM

    If you?re interested in learning more about traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), here is a link to the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation. It’s dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about classical TCM and natural self-healing.

    Here is a synopsis of healing from the perspective of TCM.

    • Healing is multidimensional
    • Body, mind, spirit, and emotions must be addressed in the “healing journey”
    • TCM is not the result of scientific or rational thinking
    • It’s based on a perception and understanding of natural law — how this world and the universe function at the level of energy
    • One goal is to identify and treat the root cause of conditions in order to achieve genuine healing and prevent a return of an illness
    • Addressing these causes early on makes it possible to achieve and maintain good health
    • TCM uses a variety of natural healing treatments to stimulate an innate healing capacity
    • During illness, the ability to self-heal might be dormant, but it responds to natural forms of treatment

    Interestingly, TCM doctors in ancient times were paid only if their patients remained well!

    10/31/06 17:43 JR

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