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What is complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)?

CAM are non-conventional therapies that help heal the client or promote health.


What are the most common CAMs?

Most common CAMs are:

  • aromatherapy
  • herbs
  • meditation
  • tai chi
  • yoga
  • massage
  • relaxation techniques


What is a very common reason a client may use CAM?

to control pain symptoms

Complete the sentence:

Many herbs increase the risk of _____________.



What are 2 nursing considerations for a client taking herbs?

If a client is taking herbs:

  1. always ask if using herbs and which types
  2. tell client to discontinue several weeks before surgery due to risk of bleeding