Categories of CAM
CAM practices are often grouped into broad categories. Some CAM practices may fit into more than one category. Listed are a few examples within each category
Mind and Body Medicine
Manipulative and Body-Based Practices
“Other” CAM Practices
Welcome to the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
NCCAM defines CAM as a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. Conventional medicine (also called Western or allopathic medicine) is medicine as practiced by holders of M.D. (medical doctor) and by allied health professionals, such as physical therapists, psychologists, and registered nurses.
Integrative mmedicine is the discipline concerned with using the combination of conventional (allopathic) medicine and Alternative Medicine to address the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of health and illness.
This guide is not meant to be exhaustive. It does provides high quality information available at your ACPHS Library and Information Commons, the library website, and freely available on the internet.
NCCAM Time to Talk Tips on Complementary Health Practices
Time to Talk Tips are designed to encourage discussion between patient and health care provider about Complementary Health Practices. Like any decision concerning health, decisions about whether to use complementary health practices are important. Understanding a therapy's potential benefits, risks, and scientific evidence is critical to health and safety.
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