Thursday, January 05, 2006

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center - CIMER - About Complementary/Integrative Medicine

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center - CIMER - About Complementary/Integrative Medicine: "The definitions provided below are from various authoritative sources and are provided here for general explanation purposes. Please refer to the Web pages for more details.
The Basics
NCCAM's Major Domains of Complementary & Alternative Medicine (for Consumers and Practitioners)
National Cancer Institute (NCI) Definitions Glossary
The Basics
Conventional Medicine
The term conventional medicine refers to medicine as practiced by holders of M.D. (medical doctor) or D.O. (doctor of osteopathy) degrees, some of whom may also practice complementary and alternative medicine. Other terms for conventional medicine are allopathy, Western, regular and mainstream medicine, and biomedicine.
Alternative Medicine
Therapeutic approaches taken in place of traditional medicine and used to treat or ameliorate disease.
Complementary Medicine
Therapies that complement traditional western (or allopathic) medicine.
Complementary/Alternative Medicine
The terms 'complementary' and 'alternative' are often used interchangeably, when in fact they are two different therapeutic approaches.
'CAM' Complementary/Alternative Medicine
Combination of complementary and alternative medicine.
Complementary/Integrative Medicine
Combines traditional western (or allopathic) and complementary approaches and supplements, but does not replace conventional therapy. It is used for:
Managing symptoms
Increasing wellness (quality of life, reported sense of well-being)
Improving treatment efficacy
Basic Principles of Integrative Medicine*
A partnership begween patient and practitioner in the healing process
Appropriate use of conventional and al"

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