Alternative Medicine in Los Angeles
Alternative medicine is defined as "any
of various systems of healing or treating disease (as chiropractic,
homeopathy, or faith healing) not included in the traditional medical
curricula taught in the United States and Britain".
Complementary medicine is defined as "any of the
practices (as acupuncture) of alternative medicine accepted and utilized by
mainstream medical practitioners".
The term complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is
an umbrella term for both branches. CAM includes practices that incorporate
spiritual, metaphysical, or religious underpinnings; non-evidence based
practices, non-European medical traditions, or newly developed approaches to
The list of therapies included under CAM changes
gradually. If and when an approach regarded as "unproven therapy" is proven
to be safe and effective, it may be adopted into conventional health care
and over time may cease to be considered "alternative".
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine defines
complementary and alternative medicine as "a group of diverse medical and
health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently
considered to be part of conventional medicine".
Ralph Snyderman and
Andrew Weil state "integrative medicine is not synonymous with
complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). It has a far larger meaning
and mission in that it calls for restoration of the focus of medicine on
health and healing and emphasizes the centrality of the patient-physician
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