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Alternative therapies And Complementary Medicine, forms in various regions

Introduction

Alternative or Complementary Medicine (CAM) constitutes that stream of medicine which is prevalent in society but which is not recognized or authorized by the mainstream medical fraternity due to its want of scientific explanations.

In an attempt to give a formal definition to CAM, The Panel on Definition and Description, CAM Research Methodology Conference, Office of Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, April 1995 defined complementary and alternative medicine as "A broad domain of healing resources that encompasses all health systems, modalities, and practices and their accompanying theories and beliefs, other than those intrinsic to the politically dominant health system of a particular society or culture in a given historical period. CAM includes all such practices and ideas self-defined by their users as preventing or treating illness or promoting health and well being. Boundaries within CAM and between CAM domain and the domain of the dominant system are not always sharp or fixed."

Forms of Alternative therapies

The main prevalent forms of CAM popular across various regions are

Acupuncture
Aromatherapy
Ayurveda
Chiropractic
Craniosacral
Electromagnetic fields
Homeopathic
Massage
Naturopathic
Hydrotherapy
Reiki
Yoga