Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) refers to a group of diverse medical and healthcare systems, practices, and products not currently considered as conventional medicine.
CAM therapies may include: (sample list only)
- Bioelectromagnetic Applications
- Diet/Nutrition/Lifestyle Changes
- Mind/Body Control
- Pharmacological and Biological Treatments
- Structural and Energetic Therapies
- Traditional and Ethnomedicine
While scientific evidence exists regarding some CAM therapies, for most there are unanswered questions, including whether these therapies are safe and/or effective.
Physicians who wish to provide complementary and alternative medicine to a patient must:
- Apply to the College for approval
- Provide evidence they have met the College’s requirements for training and standards of practice and are aware of any safety issues related to complementary and alternative medicine.
Note: Approval from the College does not mean the College endorses the complementary and alternative medicine. It simply means a physician has met the conditions outlined above.
Tanya Wicks, Executive Assistant
780-969-5005 or 1-800-561-3899 ext. 5005 (in Alberta)