Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
Frequently Asked Questions
13. What are some other CAM practices?
Some CAM practices use various energy fields to affect health. These fields either are measurable (called veritable) or have not yet been measured (called putative or biofields). Practices based on veritable forms of energy include those involving electromagnet fields—such as magnet therapy. Practices based on biofields use the concept that humans are infused with subtle forms of energy. Examples of these practices include qi gong, Reiki, and healing touch.
CAM also includes movement therapies—such as Pilates, Feldenkrais method, Alexander technique, Rolfing Structural Integration, and Trager psychophysical integration. These practices are used to promote physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Practices of traditional healers can also be considered a form of CAM. Traditional healers use methods based on indigenous theories, beliefs, and experiences handed down from generation to generation. An example is the Native American healer/medicine man.