Conventional medicine is medicine as practiced by holders of M.D. (medical doctor) or D.O. (doctor of osteopathy) degrees and by their allied health professionals, such as physical therapists, psychologists, and registered nurses.And there you have it: Conventional medicine is what doctors do. Doctors are practitioners of conventional medicine.
CAM is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine.Thus we see that CAM and conventional medicine are different. You can tell because they are in different piles.
The list of what is considered to be CAM changes continually, as those therapies that are proven to be safe and effective become adopted into conventional health care and as new approaches to health care emerge... [my bold]Wait. You just said that CAM therapies proven safe and effective become part of conventional medicine. Now you're defining a hybrid category that mixes conventional medicine and CAM, but only the CAM bits shown to be safe and effective.
Integrative medicine combines treatments from conventional medicine and CAM for which there is some high-quality evidence of safety and effectiveness.
WAI MAI HEAD HURTZ?!!!?!
There are four types of CAM practices:
1. Mind-Body Medicine (meditation, prayer, mental healing)
2. Biologically Based Practices (herbs, foods, vitamins)
3. Manipulative and Body-Based Practices (chiropractic, massage)
4. Energy Medicine (biofield therapies, bioelectromagnetic-based therapies)
That last one may need some 'splainin':
Biofield therapies are intended to affect energy fields that purportedly surround and penetrate the human body. The existence of such fields has not yet been scientifically proven.Hope that's clear: biofielders manipulate something that is not there, apparently.
NCCAM's mission is to explore complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, train CAM researchers, and disseminate authoritative information to the public and professionals.AARRGGHH!!!
INVIZIBUL ENERGY FEELDZ???!!!
DAT NO EXIST???
SCIENCE NO CAN HAZ!!!11!!!1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!