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Complementary medicine refers to a group of therapeutic and diagnostic disciplines that exist largely outside the institutions where conventional health care is taught and provided.
As its name suggests, complementary medicine differs from alternative medicine in that it does not offer a competing (or 'alternative') viewpoint to that based on science-based knowledge. Even so, the two are commonly categorised together as complementary and alternative medicine (or CAM for short).
- ↑ Zollman C, Vickers A. (1999). "ABC of complementary medicine. What is complementary medicine?". Brit Med J. 319: 693–696. PMID 10541511.