The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) defines CAM as a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. Conventional medicine (also called Western or allopathic medicine) is medicine as practiced by holders of M.D. (medical doctor) and D.O. (doctor of osteopathic medicine) degrees and by allied health professionals, such as physical therapists, psychologists, and registered nurses.
NCCAM also defines Integrative Medicine and Complementary Medicine:
“Complementary medicine” refers to use of CAM together with conventional medicine, such as usingacupunctureA family of procedures that originated in traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body by a variety of techniques, including the insertion of thin metal needles though the skin. It is intended to remove blockages in the flow of qi and restore and maintain health. in addition to usual care to help lessen pain. Most use of CAM by Americans is complementary. “Alternative medicine” refers to use of CAM in place of conventional medicine. “Integrative medicine” combines treatments from conventional medicine and CAM for which there is some high-quality evidence of safety and effectiveness.
Ginger started offering Complementary and Alternative, or Integrative, Medicine (CAM or CIM) during her work as an licensed athletic trainer in the mid 1990’s. Since that time Ginger has started an educational organization where she writes about, creates, and teaches educational competencies and curricula for using yoga in medicine. Multiple universities throughout North America are using the curriculum, and Ginger also partners with Medbridge Education to offer the Professional Yoga Therapist Certificate. Learn More about Ginger