To be truthful, other than patients that are in the clinical trials, complimentary and alternative treatment (CAM) is not a bad idea. The problem lies on knowing what and which to use to provide the desired benefit?
I sincerely believe even doctors are not sure about what to use in CAM due to the vast choices and the busy schedules for all the doctors. and that is why most of them do not recommend Herbals or supplements.
I think they will prefer to spend more time ,if they have ,to up date their knowledge of their own field besides see patients, attending their own institutional medical and administrative meetings;doing research and attend medical conventions. Don't you think so?
It is not the doctors' fault,but think about in this way; would you like the specialists ,like oncologists or liver specialist ,to concentrate more on their own fields rather than become a "jack of all trades"?
That responsibility ,if you choose CAM, should lies on the patients as well as the caregivers and their personal belief of using it rather than venture out of the current western medical domain.
but if you want to do so, which about 90% of the patients and caregivers will do so according to a study; University of Pittsburgh and Sloan-Kettering are two good places to start. our own web site under the experience forum of CAM is another source for it.
http://www.cholangiocarcinoma.org/punbb … hp?id=5931
http://www.cancer.net/patient/All+About … e+Medicine
http://www.cholangiocarcinoma.org/punbb … hp?id=6273
For me, CAM is difficult to find experienced practitioners to provide good results besides minimal benefits. and I do not think FDA, in the near future will attempt to provide additional guide lines besides classified them,such as for the herbal medicines, as food items.
Please know that my personal opinion is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. If provided, information are for educational purposes.Consult doctor is a MUST for changing of treatment plans.