Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is the term for medical products and practices that are not part of standard medical care.
- Complementary medicine refers to treatments that are used with standard treatment.
- Alternative medicine refers to treatments that are used instead of standard treatment.
For more information on complementary and alternative therapies, including a list of tips for talking to your provider and worksheets, read Talking About Complementary and Alternative Medicine with Health Care Providers: A Workbook and Tips, published by the National Cancer Institute.
A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate healing on all levels – physical, mental, and emotional.
A session is pleasant and relaxing. People use Reiki for personal wellness and not just for an illness. Reiki can be both hands on and hands off, depending on your needs.
To learn about Reiki practioners in your area, go to International Association of Reiki Professionals or the Reiki Alliance
Acupuncture is a family of procedures involving the stimulation of specific points on the body using a variety of techniques, such as penetrating the skin with needles.
It is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine, a whole medical system that originated in China. It is based on the concept that disease results from disruption in the flow of qi and imbalance in the forces of yin and yang.
To find a acupuncturist in your area go to the Maine Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Oncology massage is bodywork that is designed specific to the needs of people who are dealing with cancer its treatments. The main focus is to enhance healing while “doing no harm” to people whose bodies are: dealing with lowered immune systems, at risk for developing lymphedema, and stressed by radiation and/or chemotherapy treatment or recovering from surgery.
To find an oncology massage therapist in your area go to S4OM Society for Oncology Massage
Integrative Therapies and Cancer and Chronic Disease
Southern Maine organization designed to support you in your battle against cancer.
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Site dedicated to serve our members by advancing the profession of naturopathic medicine and preserving its integrity.
The Center for Mind Body Medicine
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine is a non-profit, 501(c) (3), educational organization dedicated to reviving the spirit and transforming the practice of medicine.