The term ‘complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)’ covers any medical and healthcare practice that is not part of mainstream or conventional medicine
There are many types of CAM. A few have been well researched and have some scientific basis, while others are based on a range of theories that are not supported by current scientific knowledge. Some forms of CAM—e.g. Chinese/herbal medicines and vitamin supplements — should always be avoided by anyone with kidney disease. Others (e.g. massage, meditation) are unlikely to do you any harm and may help you to cope better with your symptoms. It has been found in some cases that acupuncture can reduce pain, and meditation can help to reduce blood pressure.
There is a helpful description of the various CAM disciplines in the Sixth Report of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee (2000).
For a list of CAM professional bodies, go to the website of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine.
Written by: Hannah Bridges
With thanks to all those affected by ADPKD who contributed to this publication.
Ref No: ADPKD.CAM.2014
© PKD Charity 2014
First published October 2014
Due to be medically reviewed in 2021
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