The Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CCAM) at Saint Francis emphasizes an approach to wellness and healing that values natural therapies focusing on the whole patient. CCAM seeks an integrative approach to these therapies, combining them with treatments from conventional, or Western, medicine to achieve a level of high-quality evidence of safety and effectiveness.
Our approach to cancer therapy at CCAM incorporates three critical cares of focus: 1. The immune system; 2. anti-cancer therapies; 3. A holistic approach to the whole body.
An integrative approach to allergy treatment focuses on helping the body to heal itself by thoroughly understanding a pet’s unique triggers and physiology. Rather than treating the symptoms alone, our approach seeks understanding of the root causes of allergy triggers.
Natural and holistic approaches to medicine can be very beneficial to gastrointestinal challenges such as constipation, indigestion, nausea and other forms of abdominal pain. Our focus is on identifying and addressing the causes of these problems, rather than simply address the symptom itself.
In recent years, we humans have increasingly sought diets that are considered ‘organic’ and ‘natural’, going so far as to shop at stores that only specialize in these foods. Our pets will similarly benefit from nutritional choices rooted in more natural and organic foods and supplements.
A note about safety, effectiveness and regulation of complementary and alternative medical therapies: Rigorous, well-designed clinical trials for many complementary and alternative therapies are often lacking; therefore the safety and effectiveness of many therapies are uncertain. Government regulations for most of these therapies are not the same as those for prescription or over-the-counter drugs. In general, regulations for most supplements and products are less strict; for example, manufacturers do not have to prove the safety and effectiveness of a dietary supplement before it is marketed. However, the federal government is now funding studies in this field through its National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and numerous academic medical centers around the country are privately working in the field.