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Alternative Medicine for rheumatic diseases
- 1. Most rheumatic disease patients are considering, have tried, or are presently using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies.
- 2. Some CAM therapies have proven but limited benefits for patients with certain rheumatic diseases.
- 3. Some CAM therapies can be harmful to patients undergoing surgery or taking particular medications.
- 4. Physicians should ask patients about CAM therapies and record them in the medical record.