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  What Is Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)?
Complementary and alternative medicine, as defined by NCCAM, is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine.
Alternative medical systems are built upon complete systems of theory and practice.
Conventional medicine is medicine as practiced by holders of M.D. (medical doctor) or D.O. (doctor of osteopathy) degrees and by their allied health professionals, such as physical therapists, psychologists, and registered nurses.
nccam.nih.gov /health/whatiscam   (1742 words)

  
 Complementary and alternative medicine: What is it? - MayoClinic.com
What is or isn't considered complementary and alternative medicine changes constantly as an increasing number of treatments undergo rigorous study and are proved to be effective or not.
Complementary treatments are often thought of as treatments used along with the conventional therapies your doctor may prescribe, such as using tai chi or massage in addition to prescription medicine for anxiety.
Complementary and alternative medicine practitioners believe these two systems must be in harmony for you to stay healthy.
www.mayoclinic.com /health/alternative-medicine/PN00001   (1093 words)

  
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Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a term used to describe a diverse group of treatments, techniques, and products that are not considered to be conventional or standard medicine.
People with cancer who are considering complementary or alternative therapies should first discuss them with their doctor, just as they would any other treatment approach, because some CAM therapies may interfere with conventional therapies.
CAM and Clinical Trials: Formal study of individual CAM therapies is underway at major cancer treatment centers through clinical trials in order to determine safety and effectiveness.
www.plwc.org /plwc/MainConstructor/1,1744,_12-001023,00.asp   (355 words)

  
 Alternative Medicine - Healthy Living: Living a healthy lifestyle for disease prevention on MedicineNet.com
Complementary medicine is a group of diagnostic and therapeutic disciplines that are used together with conventional medicine.
Complementary medicine is usually not taught or used in Western medical schools or hospitals.
Complementary medicine includes a large number of practices and systems of health care that, for a variety of cultural, social, economic, or scientific reasons, have not been adopted by mainstream Western medicine.
www.medicinenet.com /alternative_medicine/article.htm   (274 words)

  
 Complementary and Alternative Medicine - National Cancer Institute
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine (see Question 1).
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), as defined by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine.
Some complementary and alternative therapies may interfere with standard treatment or may be harmful when used with conventional treatment.
www.cancer.gov /cancertopics/factsheet/therapy/CAM   (1781 words)

  
 OHSU Health - Complementary and Alternative Medicine Home Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) encompasses nonconventional approaches to healing, beyond traditional medicine.
Complementary medicine is any form of therapy used in combination with other alternative treatments or standard/conventional medicine.
Standard/conventional medicine refers to medical treatments that have been scientifically tested and found to be safe and effective.
www.ohsuhealth.com /htaz/cam/index.cfm   (164 words)

  
 Complementary & Alternative Medicine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
This course prepares students to critically examine and understand complementary and alternative medicine through: 1) an exposure to the theoretical and philosophical foundations of complementary and alternative therapies, 2) a review of current research, and 3) an understanding of clinical applications and interventions for healthcare and prevention.
The Complementary and Alternative Medicine Committee - University of Virginia
The Complementary and Alternative Medicine Committee at the University of Virginia was formed in 1997 to establish specific findings on Complementary Therapies and to provide recommendations to the Medical Center Administration.
www.cardiacyoga.com /camed.html   (371 words)

  
 Onconurse.com -- Complementary and Alternative Medicine
This article defines complementary and alternative therapies, differentiates between the two, discusses some historical aspects of both CAM and mainstream medicine, discusses the limits of proof in both, identifies reasons patients turn to CAM therapies as well as concerns about CAM, and closes on a note of cautious optimism.
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) includes a range of approaches for preventing and treating illness, including diet and exercise programs, herbs, chiropractic treatment, and the healing power of the mind, among others.
Complementary therapies are used in addition to standard therapy with the hope of reducing side effects, enhancing the outcome of standard treatment, or improving the quality of life.
www.onconurse.com /news/alternative.html   (3808 words)

  
 What Is Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)?
While some scientific evidence exists regarding some CAM therapies, for most there are key questions that are yet to be answered through well-designed scientific studies--questions such as whether they are safe and whether they work for the diseases or medical conditions for which they are used.
NCCAM's mission is to explore complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, to train CAM researchers, and to inform the public and health professionals about the results of CAM research studies.
Naturopathic ("nay-chur-o-PATH-ic") medicine is a CAM alternative medical system in which practitioners work with natural healing forces within the body, with a goal of helping the body heal from disease and attain better health.
www.athealth.com /consumer/disorders/cam.html   (1422 words)

  
 Cancer Treatment Information—Chemotherapy, Radiation Oncology, and Surgery | OncoLink
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is defined as interventions that are neither taught widely in medical schools, nor traditionally available in US Hospitals.
CAM can be broken down into two broad categories I) those that are ingested or injected and II) those that require a practitioner or therapist.
The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has become the norm for many cancer patients, the majority of whom use it along with conventional therapy.
www.oncolink.upenn.edu /treatment/treatment.cfm?c=4   (642 words)

  
 Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Guide
Alternative Medicine: An Objective Assessment (Phil B. Fontanarosa ed., 2000) [5th Floor, R733.A45 2000] collects in one volume articles published in the 1998 alternative medicine theme issues of JAMA and the Archives Journals, as well as articles published in these journals within the previous or subsequent year.
Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM) (National Cancer Institute) [http://www.cancer.gov/cam/] was established in 1998 to "coordinate and enhance the activities of the National Cancer Institute [http://www.cancer.gov/] with regard to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program (A Project of the Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford University School of Medicine) [http://camps.stanford.edu/] The Web site includes information about their current and finished studies, a CAMPS bibliography of papers written by program members, and a list of CAM resources.
www.ll.georgetown.edu /guides/camedicine.cfm   (5032 words)

  
 Alternative medicine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Advocates of alternative medicine hold that the various alternative treatment methods are effective in treating a wide range of major and minor medical conditions, and contend that recently published research (such as Michalsen 2003, Gonsalkorale 2003, and Berga 2003) proves the effectiveness of specific alternative treatments.
Criticisms directed at specific branches of alternative medicine range from the fairly minor (conventional treament is believed to be more effective in a particular area) to incompatibility with the known laws of physics (for example, in homeopathy).
Alternative medicine critics agree with its proponents that people should be free to choose whatever method of healthcare they want, but stipulate that people must be informed as to the safety and efficacy of whatever method they choose.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Complementary_and_alternative_medicine   (3753 words)

  
 Dennis Kucinich on Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Complementary and alternative medicine are included in my Enhanced Medicare for All single-payer health care program.
We have to let go of the fear that alternative medical practices will replace and endanger standards and instead embrace the idea that any method that is proven a safe form of treatment ought to be available to the people.
Complementary and alternative medical care encompasses numerous forms of studied and tested procedures and practices, and it is gaining support from mainstream medicine.
www.kucinich.us /issues/comp-alt_medicine.php   (401 words)

  
 Complementary & Alternative Medicine - Mental Health Disorders on MedicineNet.com
Simply put, more people are turning to complementary and alternative medicine to cure what ails them.
Not only are we dissatisfied with conventional medicine, say the results of another survey that appeared recently in JAMA, but alternative treatments mirror our beliefs, values and philosophical attitudes.
The public's need for safe alternative medicine is evidenced by NCCAM's steadily rising budget, which jumped from $2 million in 1993 to $68.7 million in 2000.
www.medicinenet.com /script/main/art.asp?articlekey=36409   (579 words)

  
 Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
Complementary medicine and alternative medicine are not the same thing.
The practice of CAM usually is not as regulated as the practice of conventional medicine.
Most types of complementary and alternative practices have national organizations of practitioners that are familiar with legislation, State licensing, certification, or registration laws.
www.stayinginshape.com /3osfcorp/libv/p43.shtml   (1625 words)

  
 Complementary, Alternative, & Integrative Medicine Law, Regulation, Ethics & Policy (Alternative and Complementary ...
In Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Legal Boundaries and Regulatory Perspectives, Michael H. Cohen breaks new ground in putting together the More Info...
Future Medicine by Michael H. Cohen is an investigation into the clinical, legal, ethical, and regulatory changes occurring in our More Info...
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Law Blog (CAMLaw Blog): Health Care Law and Policy for Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine, Wellness, and Holistic Health.
www.camlawblog.com   (603 words)

  
 Aurora Complementary Medicine
Aurora Health Care has been a pioneer in the integration of complementary and alternative medicine with more conventional treatments.
Aurora offers a host of alternative therapies you and/or your primary care physician may choose to treat a wide variety of health concerns.
Complementary therapies are based on different principles than conventional therapies.
www.aurorahealthcare.org /services/compmedicine/index.asp   (710 words)

  
 Complementary and Alternative Medicine Project in a Box
Complementary therapies generally do not focus on curing a disease but can be used simultaneously with conventional medicine to reduce side effects and stress and to increase well-being.
A 1998 study found that predictors of CAM use include: more education; poorer health status; a holistic orientation to health; having had a transformational experience that changed the person's world view; and classification in a cultural group identifiable by their commitment to environmentalism, to feminism, and interest in spirituality and personal growth psychology.
Proponents of CAM therapies argue that unconventional treatments often cannot be tested effectively by the traditional, double-blind, controlled format that is the hallmark of conventional scientific studies.
www.amsa.org /programs/gpit/compmed.cfm   (4308 words)

  
 Oregon Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Neurological Disorders (ORRCAMIND)
It was initially created in 1999 through funding from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health.
Collaboration between conventional and alternative medicine communities is a major goal of ORCCAMIND.
The Center's mission is to facilitate research and education on the effectiveness and mechanisms of action of complementary and alternative medicine therapies in the treatment of neurological disorders.
www.ohsu.edu /orccamind   (167 words)

  
 Complementary and Alternative Medicine
A therapy is generally called ‘complementary’ when it is used in addition to conventional treatments; it is often called alternative when it is used instead of conventional treatment.
Complementary and alternative therapies are used in an effort to prevent illness, reduce stress, prevent or reduce side effects and symptoms, or control or cure disease.
The practice of medicine consists of the ethical application of a body of knowledge, principles and methods known as medical science and that these objective standards are the basis of medical licensure for physicians and TCAM practitioners.
www.moh.gov.ae /moh_site/alt_medicine/Bulletine.htm   (2573 words)

  
 Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Complementary medicine is defined as those techniques which are used while the patient is using conventional ones.
Alternative medicine includes techniques which are used to the exclusion of conventional medicine.
Some treatments are also both mainstream and complementary, although there may be wide variations in theory, evidence base, technique, and the conditions they are used for.
www.bl.uk /collections/health/comalmed.html   (593 words)

  
 AAP Children's Health Topics: COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine.
The demand for CAM in pediatrics has increased tremendously in recent years.
Presently, there is little research on effectiveness of most CAM therapies for most of these conditions in children.
www.aap.org /healthtopics/complementarymedicine.cfm   (232 words)

  
 Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Scope: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) refers to health philosophies, approaches, and therapies that are generally not taught in medical schools, used in hospitals, or reimbursed by medical insurance companies; however awareness, research, and acceptance in this area is increasing.
Contains citations, abstracts, and some linking to full-text articles which include complementary and alternative medicine sources for mental disorders, stress reduction, psychological and behavioral processes, and neuroimmunology.
Based at Columbia University, the Center's broad mission is to contribute to the informed research and practice of complementary and alternative medicine and to foster the development of a more comprehensive and inclusive medical system.
www.lib.umd.edu /MCK/GUIDES/alternative_medicine.html   (1026 words)

  
 Alternative complementary medicine website, complementary and alternative medicine forum.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Alternative complementary medicine website is for all of you people, who are searching the natural way of healing.
Visit our alternative medicine forum, send us articles about alternative and complementary medicine and check our alternative medicine link section.
It is not so widely spread as mainstream medicine but still some people are using it.
alternativecomplementarymedicine.com   (1663 words)

  
 Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a group of medical and health care practices that are not considered to be part of conventional medicine.
Conventional medicine is a term for established and accepted methods practiced by medical doctors (MDs).
Complementary and alternative practices are not part of conventional medicine because for the most part there are still questions about their safety and effectiveness.
www.parknicollet.com /healthadvisor/healthyliving/compmed.cfm   (120 words)

  
 MedlinePlus: Alternative Medicine
Complementary and Alternative Therapies and Conventional Medical Therapies (01/12/2005, Institute of Medicine)
Complementary and Alternative Medicines (AGS Foundation for Health in Aging)
The primary NIH organization for research on Alternative Medicine is the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
www.nlm.nih.gov /medlineplus/alternativemedicine.html   (575 words)

  
 Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the United States - Institute of Medicine
Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the United States - Institute of Medicine
Use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has grown rapidly among the U.S. public, with more than one-third of adults reporting that they have pursued some form of these treatments, which include products such as herbal remedies, techniques such as acupuncture, and schools of practice such as naturopathy.
The report states that health care should strive to be both comprehensive and evidence-based and calls for conventional medical treatments and complementary and alternative treatments to be held to the same standards for demonstrating clinical effectiveness.
www.iom.edu /report.asp?id=24487   (190 words)

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