Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Biological-Based Therapies

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This category of CAM includes natural and biologically-based practices, interventions and products, many of which overlap with conventional medicine's use of dietary supplements. Included are herbal, special dietary, orthomolecular and individual biological therapies.
Herbal therapies employ individual or mixtures of herbs for therapeutic value. An herb is a plant or plant part that produces and contains chemical substances that act upon the body. Special diet therapies, such as those proposed by Drs. Atkins, Ornish, Pritikin and Weil, are believed to prevent and or control illness as well as promote health. Orthomolecular therapies aim to treat disease with varying concentrations of chemicals, such as, magnesium, melatonin and mega-doses of vitamins. Biological therapies include, for example, the use of laetrile and shark cartilage to treat cancer and bee pollen to treat autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.

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