Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) constitutes a variety of healing approaches and therapies from around the world that are not historically included in conventional Western medicine. The term is broadly used for medical services, practice and products which are not traditionally part of standard medical care. CAM is basically rooted in the ancient, indigenous systems of healing that originated in China, India, Tibet, Africa, and the Americas. Most of these treatments and health care practices have become popular, and are being widely used in hospitals.
Today, complementary and alternative medicine is used in addition to standard medical care and broadly includes Acupuncture, Chiropractic care, Meditation, Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Massage therapy and Herbal medicine. The main focus of CAM is mind and body medicine, manipulative therapy, and body based practices. People suffering from arthritis may find complementary and alternative therapies really helpful. Although they do not cure arthritis, they may help to ease the symptoms and provide significant relief from pain and discomfort. Some of the therapies which are popular with people with arthritis are Acupuncture, Alexander technique, Aromatherapy, Chiropractic, Homeopathy, hydrotherapy, massage, meditation, osteopathy, tai chi and yoga. These practices can also enhance well-being, improve sleep and promote relaxation. They are also effective for various health issues including anxiety, fibromyalgia, headaches, hypertension, insomnia, pain, repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, stress and stress-related symptoms, mild traumatic brain injury and post-stroke recovery.