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Complementary and Alternative Medicines

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is the term for medical products and practices that are not part of standard care. Standard care is what medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy and allied health professionals, such as registered nurses and physical therapists, practice.

Alternative medicine means treatments that you use instead of standard ones. Complementary medicine means nonstandard treatments that you use along with standard ones.


The following two eBooks will provide most students with much of their necessary information. Everyone should try these first:


Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine

General Information websites

Do a search for your technique on general websites:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicines

University of Maryland Medical Center Alternative Medicine Index
Choose "Treatment Approaches"

Alternative Therapy Help

Specific Websites


Alexander Technique

Univ. of Maryland Medical Center
National Association for Holistic Therapy

Ayurvedic Medicine:
Medical Dictionary - lots of really good info
National Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine

University of Maryland Med Center

Bowen Therapy

Chinese (Oriental) Medicine:
Medical Dictionary Definition & Overview
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Medical Dictionary Overview
Digital Doctor- Chiropractic

Craniosacral Therapy
Medical Dictionary Overview
Alternative Therapy Help website

Feldenkrais Method:
Medical Dictionary Overview
Feldenkrais.com FAQ page
Dr. Weil's Feldenkrais page

Dictionary Overview
National Center for Homeopathy

Massage Therapy:
Medical Dictionary Overview

Natural Products / Organic Foods:
Natural Products Association
USDA - Alternative Farming Information Center
Wikipedia - "Natural Foods"
Difference Between Natural & Organic Food

Medical Dictionary Overview
Livestrong Website - Reiki
Article about Reiki

Yoga Therapy:
Medical Dictionary Overview
International Association of Yoga Therapists

Local Practitioners sites

Eugene Alternative Medicine Health Practitioners - yellowpages

Alternative Medicine in Eugene, Oregon

Oregon Alternative Medicine Directory
Search by type of medicine and city


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Updated 4/17/2014