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What is Alternative and Complementary Medicine

I am doing an A level course for health and social care, and i was wondering if it was possible for you to describe in detail what the difference is between alternative and complementary medicine and what they are.
by Jill Fisher
on 11 Mar, 2009
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The book "Holism and Complimentary Medicine" by Vincent de Stefano, published in 2006 explains in detail the different perceptions of Alternative and Complimentary Therapy on a holistic level. 

Jill Fisher's Qualifications:-

Personal Experience Work as a volunteer reflexologist with disabled and disadvantaged children. With a client I combine all of my skills in helping a person reach their Self Awareness through these healing techniques in mind, body and spirit. Healing is an individual journey through personal choice...
Personal Qualifications Therapeutic Reflexology (Diploma SA)includes Meridian Therapy, Touch Points, Metamorphic Technique, Bach Remedies, Special Care, Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology, Nutrition, Biomechanics, Counselling and Listening Skills, Chinese Face Reading, Stress Management, Business Skills, Community Service, Hand and Ear Reflexology, Advanced Techniques Reiki Master (SA) Self Mastery & Basic Hypnotherapy (CC1 - SA) Meditation, Art and Science of Raja Yoga as taught by Yogananda.
Medical Degrees None
Medical licenses None
Accreditations and Certificates Diploma Therapeutic Reflexology (SA), Anatony & Physiology, Therapeutic Massage (Certificate SA) Reiki Master (SA) Self Mastery & Basic Hypnotherapy (CC1 - SA) Meditation, Art and Science of Raja Yoga (Yogananda) Safety Health and Environmental Management (Shemtrac) (Cert.SA)
Is a Member of the following Associations www.sareflexology.org.za
by Penny Price Aromatherapy Ltd
on 11 Mar, 2009
The term alternative medicine, as used in the modern western world, encompasses any healing practice "that does not fall within the realm of conventional medicine".[1] Commonly cited examples include naturopathy, chiropractic, herbalism, traditional Chinese medicine, Unani, Ayurveda, meditation, yoga, biofeedback, hypnosis, homeopathy, acupuncture, and diet-based therapies, in addition to a range of other practices.[2] It is frequently grouped with complementary medicine, which generally refers to the same interventions when used in conjunction with mainstream techniques, under the umbrella term complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM.

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