Table 4.

Differences Between CAM and Conventional Medicine, and Barriers to Integration

Conventional MedicineComplementary and Alternative Medicine
More reductionisticMore holistic
More controllingMore empowering
More deductiveMore inductive
More generalizableMore individualistic
More scientificMore intuitive
Less time with patientMore time with client
Barriers to Integration
ArroganceLack of communication
Belief of ineffectiveness of CAMLack of evidence of effectiveness
CompetitionLack of legal recognition
Costs and cost effectivenessLack of training
DistrustPhilosophical differences
Fear of liabilityPolitical pressures
Momentum (habits and tradition)Profit motive
Lack of availabilityTerritorialism