Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is the excepted term for health and wellness therapies that are generally not associated with conventional Western
medicine. The term “Complementary’ refers to treatments that are used along with conventional medicine. The term “Alternative” means treatments used in place of conventional medicine.
In 2008 the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) said that in the United States alone, approximately 4 in 10 adults (about 38%) and approximately 1 in 9 children (about 9%) were using some form of CAM.
They presented a series of goals and objectives to guide researchers in determining priorities for future research on complementary health approaches.
The scientific objectives in the plan are aligned with those of the broader National Institutes of Health strategic plan.
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