As always, seek professional advice before using any of the methods listed.
Alternative medicine is the name for the collective practices used for heathcare and healing without scientific basis. Although they are not part of the conventional Western healthcare system, they remain popular in the East and were increasing in Western popularity during the late 1990's.
It can also be described as - "any practice that is put forward as having the healing effects of medicine, but is not founded on evidence gathered using the scientific method".
It can take in a wide range of practices, products and therapies, all with the specific intention of providing health care.
Some examples would include new and traditional medical practices, for example, Homeopathy, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Herbs, Ayurvedic medicine, and Christian Faith Healing. These treatments do not take in that of the conventional, science-based healthcare system, and are not backed by traditional scientific evidence.
Complementary Medicine is alternative medicine used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment, although not proven by using standard and generally accepted scientific methods, this is medical methods that "complement" the more standard treatment.
CAM is the abbreviation for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Alternative medical diagnoses and treatments lack such scientific validation, and their effectiveness is either unproved or disproved.
Alternative medicine is often based one of ther following - religion, tradition, superstition, belief in supernatural energies, pseudoscience, errors in reasoning, propaganda, or fraud, although, quite often, Alternative Medicines and the associated treatments have been around for a lot longer than their "science based counterparts.
Regulation and licensing of alternative medicine and health care providers varies from country to country, and state to state.
As always, seek professional advice before using any of the methods listed here.
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