any type of therapy not considered standard practice in a given culture. In most Western countries, CAM includes traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy and chiropractic. Complementary therapy is typically used as an adjunct to standard therapy, while alternative medicine is used instead of standard therapy.
treatment of disease in ways without the allopathic drugs and invasive procedures, including such things as homeopathy, herbs and hands-on therapy
Complementary and alternative medicine, as defined by National Institutes of Health, is a group of diverse medical and health-care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine