We are a group of academics, clinicians and patients with an interest in conducting research in Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM), primarily in the Birmingham and West Midlands region. CAM includes an extremely diverse group of approaches to managing health and wellbeing, including traditional medical systems, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, complementary therapies, such as reflexology and aromatherapy, alternative medical systems, such as homeopathy or osteopathy, mindfulness practices, such as meditation, and bodywork/exercise, such as yoga or tai chi.

CAMBRA is committed to supporting high quality research from all the academic disciplines that involves clinicians and patients. One in ten people in the UK use complementary and alternative medicine every year, mostly paying out of pocket in addition to their NHS care (Thomas & Coleman 2004). Because the choice to use CAM is such a widespread phenomenon, the influence of which goes beyond the conventional boundaries of medical treatment, it is appropriate to study it from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including the medical and social sciences, humanities and the law.


Issue 1 (2010)

Issue 2 (2011)


Thomas, KJ & Coleman, P (2004) ‘Use of complementary or alternative medicine in a general population in Great Britain. Results from the National Omnibus survey’, Journal of Public Health, 26:152-157