COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Conventional medicine is medicine practiced by medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy and allied health professionals, such as physical therapists, psychologists, and registered nurses. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is the term given to approaches to health care that are outside the realm of conventional medicine.
Complementary medicine is treatment used in addition to the conventional therapies your doctor may prescribe. For example, you might use tai chi or massage in addition to prescription medicine for anxiety or aromatherapy could be used to help lessen a patient's discomfort following surgery.
Alternative medicine refers to practices used instead of conventional methods. For instance, this might mean seeing a homeopath or naturopath instead of your regular doctor. What is considered alternative medicine constantly changes, as more and more treatments undergo rigorous study and are either proven to not be effective, or proven effective, and adopted into conventional health care.
Guidelines on Complementary Therapies
More people now choose to use complementary therapy when managing their health and well being. There are a wide variety of complementary therapies available. The level of qualification and length of training can vary among practitioners. Because of this, it is important to be sure that you make the right choice.