Therapies from the Devil? The deliberate cultivation of abnormal states of consciousness states not normally experienced apart from a specific technique or program to develop them.
Alternative becomes mainstream What's considered an alternative therapy is a moving target. Learn the lingo and get the facts. Complementary medicine has never been more popular. Nearly 30 percent of adults report using complementary and alternative medicine CAM.
Doctors are embracing CAM therapies, too, often combining them with mainstream medical therapies — spawning the term "integrative medicine. Exactly what's considered complementary medicine changes constantly as treatments undergo testing and move into the mainstream.
Natural products Other complementary health approaches Natural products Examples include dietary supplements and herbal remedies. These treatments use ingredients found in nature. Examples of herbs include ginseng, ginkgo and echinacea; examples of dietary supplements include selenium, glucosamine sulfate and SAMe.
Herbs and supplements can be taken as teas, oils, syrups, powders, tablets or capsules. Mind and body practices Mind-body techniques strengthen the communication between your mind and your body.
CAM practitioners say these two systems must be in harmony for you to stay healthy. Examples of mind-body connection techniques include meditation, prayer, relaxation and art therapies. Manipulation and body-based practices use human touch to move or manipulate a specific part of your body.
They include chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation and massage. Some CAM practitioners believe an invisible energy force flows through your body, and when this energy flow is blocked or unbalanced, you can become sick. Different traditions call this energy by different names, such as chi, prana and life force.
The goal of these therapies is to unblock or re-balance your energy force. Energy therapies include qi gong, healing touch and reiki. Other complementary health approaches There are other approaches to complementary health that focus on a system, rather than just a single practice or remedy, such as massage.
These systems center on a philosophy, such as the power of nature or the presence of energy in your body. Examples of these approaches include: These healing systems arose long before conventional Western medicine and include ayurveda from India and traditional Chinese medicine.
This approach uses very small doses of a drug that cause symptoms to stimulate the body's self-healing response. This approach focuses on noninvasive treatments to help your body do its own healing and uses a variety of practices, such as massage, acupuncture, herbal remedies, exercise and lifestyle counseling.
Why are some doctors hesitant about CAM? Many conventional doctors practicing today didn't receive training in CAM or integrative medicine, so they may not feel comfortable making recommendations or addressing questions in this area.
Doctors also have good reason to be cautious when it comes to some CAM.
Conventional medicine values therapies that have been demonstrated through research and testing to be safe and effective. While scientific evidence exists for some CAM therapies, for many there are key questions that are yet to be answered.
In addition, some CAM practitioners make exaggerated claims about curing diseases, and some ask you to forgo treatment from your conventional doctor. For these reasons, many doctors are cautious about recommending these therapies.
Why is there so little evidence about CAM? One reason for the lack of research in alternative treatments is that large, carefully controlled medical studies are costly. Trials for conventional therapies are often funded by big companies that develop and sell drugs.
Fewer resources are available to support trials of CAM therapies. Talk to your doctor about risks and benefits of any therapy you're considering Work with your conventional medical doctor to help you make informed decisions regarding CAM treatments.
Even if your doctor can't recommend a specific practitioner, he or she can help you understand possible risks and benefits before you try a treatment.
It's especially important to involve your doctor if you are pregnant, have medical problems or take prescription medicine. And don't stop or change your conventional treatment — such as the dose of your prescription medications — without talking to your doctor first.
Finally, be sure to keep your doctor updated on any alternative therapies you're using, including herbal and dietary supplements.Traditional, complementary and alternative medicine: policy and public health perspectives Charlie Changli Xue a.
The seventeen chapters of this book deal with a wide range of issues on traditional medicine: policy (10 chapters), public health issues (5 chapters) and research (4 chapters).
Background: Traditional medicine (TM) has maintained its popularity in all regions of the developing world.
Even though, the wide acceptance of TM is a well-established fact, its status in a population with access to modern health is not well clear in the whole country. Traditional Medicine in the Modern World Cross-Cultural Trends Some observers claim that successful moves to incorporate modern technology and medicine in traditional societies create needs for traditional practice.
The Complete Guide to New Age Medicine and Its Threat to Your Family. The book was published in by the now defunct Wolgemuth & Hyatt Publishers. The book was published in by the now defunct Wolgemuth & Hyatt Publishers.
The practice of medicine in the United States dates back to colonial times (early s).
At the beginning of the 17th century, medical practice in England was divided into three groups: the physicians, the surgeons, and the apothecaries.
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is coming in from the cold and becoming known as integrative medicine. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is coming in from the cold and becoming known as integrative medicine.
There are other approaches to complementary health that focus on a system, rather than just a single practice.