Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) refers to the array of therapies that are not typically associated with standard health care and extend beyond conventional Western medical treatments. The term complementary describes treatments used in conjunction with standard care, and the term alternative relates to less conventional methods of treatment. CAM may be used in place of or addition to standard health practices.
People considering using CAM treatments need to make an informed decision, just as they would with any synthetic medication or other treatment, weighing the evidence about effectiveness, drug interactions, side effects, and less dangerous options, to come up with a risk/benefit calculation. These are the issues that any physician must consider, and that anyone considering CAM treatment should consider.
There are many types of therapies people use to help treat mental health problems. These can include physical activity, such as exercise or yoga. They can also include creative therapies. These are therapies done using means of expressing yourself creatively. They can include using art, music, movement, or writing.