Osteopathy is the body of medicine that originally used strictly manipulative techniques for correcting somatic abnormalities thought to cause disease and inhibit recovery. However, over the past century, osteopathy has embraced the full spectrum of medicine (to different degrees across the world), including the use of prescription drugs and surgery, in addition to manipulative techniques.

Alternative medical systems is the precise name of a NCCAM ( classification for those forms of alternative medicine that are built upon a complete system of theory and practice.

Osteopathy as related to Alternative medical systems