Patients are participating in alternative and complementary medicine research around the world

We currently have a number of clinical trials and research studies seeking patients in the area of alternative and complementary medicine. We can help find trials and research studies near you and may help you to get access to those opportunities.

Find alternative and complementary medicine clinical trials and research studies you may qualify for.

Clinical trials and research studies in alternative and complementary medicine

What is alternative and complementary medicine?

Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) describe a range of practices and therapies which are generally not considered to be part of standard medical care. There is a slight difference between the terms ‘alternate medicine’ and ‘complementary medicine’ - alternative medicine is usually used in place of standard medical care, whereas complementary medicine is implemented alongside standard medical care. Examples of CAM include homeopathy, iridology, kinesiology, naturopathy and reflexology, along with some traditional forms of medicine passed down through generations in different countries and cultures. There are many reasons why people choose to use CAM therapies to help treat conditions and diseases, especially when mainstream medicine has not been able to provide answers.

Evidence for CAM therapies and treatments can be unclear, which is why they are considered to be an “alternative” to accepted medical care and practice. However, across the globe, the standards and definitions for alternative medicine differ, with some countries being more accepting of some practices (e.g. in Germany homeopathy is more accepted than in the UK or Australia).

Where is alternative and complementary medicine research now?

Robust and reproducible research into alternative medicine and therapies is usually lacking, with either an absence of evidence for these modalities or weak research studies having been conducted which cannot be used to develop firm guidelines for use. Evidence for complementary medicines may be more common, as complementary medicines/therapies are generally considered safe however evidence for effectiveness may still be lacking.

How can I get involved in alternative and complementary medicine research?

There are research studies into CAM, however, it is important to discuss participation with your healthcare professionals to ensure safe participation, especially if you have a serious disease.

Participants participated for alternative and complementary medicine trials around the world

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Alternative and complementary medicine clinical trials and research studies around the world

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