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Increasing interest in holistic health care, in medical practices developed outside the western scientific tradition, and in cultural competency of health care practitioners serving diverse populations has expanded Americans’ awareness of complementary and alternative approaches to the treatment and prevention of illness. Over the last 40 years, therapeutic interventions that complement conventional medical practices or are offered as alternatives to them have attracted a significant following among clinicians and clients, resulting in the designation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) as a focus of scientific study. This issue of Healing Hands explains what is meant by CAM, describes the major theoretical systems and practices it comprises, and discusses therapies currently used by Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) practitioners—including nutritional supplements, acupuncture, and mindfulness-based stress reduction—and the extent to which their efficacy has been tested. (Health Care for the Homeless Clinicians' Network)
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