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Modern Origins of CAM in the West

Modern Origins of CAM in the West

Some CAM modalities originated several thousand years ago, while others have a more recent history. Regardless of their origin, all CAM modalities in use in the West have experienced shifts throughout the years. Modalities that were once considered mainstream treatment were replaced with scientific medicine. However, CAM modalities experienced resurgence in the 1960s that has remained until today.

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Common Myths of CAM

Common Myths of CAM

Myths surrounding CAM are variable. Four current myths include lack of educational requirements for CAM practitioners, lack of qualifications required to practice CAM modalities, lack of scientific evidence in support of CAM, and lack of support for CAM therapies from conventional or allopathic doctors. Each of these myths is explained and debunked.

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Defining CAM

Defining CAM

CAM is an acronym for complementary alternative medicine. CAM and the terms complementary medicine, alternative medicine, traditional medicine, integrative medicine, and holistic medicine are used interchangeably, although erroneously, as each concept stands in its own right. CAM encompasses a wide array of practices, disciplines, and healing methods, often un-related and with not much in common. The boundaries of what is considered CAM are unclear, and this article provides some clarification.

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