Complementary and alternative medicines
Complementary and alternative medicine refers to a wide range of therapies and practices that are outside mainstream medicine.
Complementary medicine uses therapies that work alongside conventional medicine.
Alternative medicine includes treatments not currently considered part of evidence-based Western medicine.
‘Integrated’ medicine means that conventional, complementary and alternative therapies are brought together.
Alternative and complementary medicine or therapies aren’t always totally separate. For this reason, the term ‘complementary and alternative medicine’ (or CAM) is now widely used to include both approaches.
We describe common complementary and alternative medicines and explain how they might help.
Complementary medicines for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia.
Complementary therapies for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and low back pain.