Good Health and Well-Being

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Health and Wellness: Holistic and Complementary Methods

  • Lynette SteeleEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69627-0_18-1

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Definition

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a commonly used term for holistic and complementary therapies that have typically not been part of conventional Western medicine. Complementary means treatments that are used along with conventional medicine. Alternative means treatments used in place of conventional medicine (Mayo Clinic). Integrative medicine combines, or integrates, the best of conventional medical care with the best of evidence-based CAM. A whole-person approach is the focus of most CAM therapies to address the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of health. This paper will address the main areas, for example, mind-body medicine (such as meditation, acupuncture, and yoga), manipulative and body-based practices (such as massage therapy and spinal manipulation), and natural products (such as herbs and dietary...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Women’s Health and Well-beingPrivate Medical PracticeCape TownSouth Africa

Section editors and affiliations

  • Tony Wall
    • 1
  1. 1.International Centre for Thriving at WorkUniversity of ChesterChesterUK