Complementary, Integrative, and Alternative Medicine Research Guide

This guide suggests research strategies and useful print and electronic resources on this emerging health care field.


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Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine (CAM) is the fastest-growing sector of American Health Care and is one of the fastest growing fields in the United States. Presently, at least 50 percent of Americans are using some form of alternative and complementary therapy such as acupuncture, nutritional supplementation, herbs, massage, yoga, chiropractic or homeopathy.

While there are a variety of ideas on what CAM is, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) provides helpful definitions and examples for Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Health.

This guide provides resources that will help you research, what CAM is, how it is influencing American Health Care, and the legal issues arising in this field.


Additional Non-Law Center Guides

This non-comprehensive list of guides maintained by academic institutions outside of the Georgetown University Law Center can possibly help in your research on this topic. They may have a more medical (less law and regulatory) focus.

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Update History

Updated 11/30/2017 (roj)
Updated 1/2023 (SZ)
Updated 1/2024 (JAS)