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Table 1 NCCAM Classification of CAM therapies

From: Patterns of complementary and alternative medicine use amongst outpatients in Tokyo, Japan

1. Whole medical systems Homeopathic medicine, naturopathic medicine, chiropractic, traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda etc.
2. Mind-body interventions Meditation, prayer, mental healing, art, dance, music therapy etc.
3. Biologically based therapies Herbs, vitamins, dietary supplements, Health foods, aromatherapy etc.
4. Manipulative and body based methods Chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation, massage etc.
5. Energy therapies (Biofield therapies and bioelectomagnetic based therapies) Reiki, Qi gong, therapeutic touch, electromagnetic fields etc.