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Complementary Medicine

[14 Dec 2010 | No Comments | 11 views | Author: Dee Braun, DrR, CA, CCT]
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The definition of complementary medicine is basically the use of treatments that are considered to be non-conventional along with conventional medicines that are set up with a physician. It is commonly understood as treatments that work in conjunction with regular medicines. Some examples of complementary medicine include:

Aromatherapy
Hypnotherapy
Chiropractic
Massage
Stress therapy
Meditation
Reflexology
Shiatsu
Yoga
Acupuncture

All of these therapies can be done alongside conventional treatments, whereas medicines that are considered to be alternative therapies cannot. Many herbal treatments are considered to be alternative for this reason they cannot be used with conventional treatments as they may react adversely together.

It is important to realize, that what may be considered complementary medicine in Western society, may actually be used as conventional treatments in many other countries in the world. Our society refers to them as complementary because they are not mainly used as the treatment that is prescribed by the physician.

Complementary medicine is used in conjunction with a conventional form of treatment, and is not the sole treatment option in itself. For example, many people may be under a physicians care for back pain, but will seek the help of a massage therapist or chiropractor to help them get better.

There is some question by many as to the validity of the effect of these complementary treatments, and whether or not the treatments are beneficial. There are some who say that these treatments would not be effective on their own, without working along with the conventional medicine, so therefore the treatments are not as important or effective.

Many complementary therapies actually focus on the whole body and not just the area being treated. They operate under the principle that the body will always try to heal itself, and that by working on areas beyond the immediate area needing treatment, the body will be able to be more in line to heal.

In the end, what will matter are the individual beliefs of the person who is in need of treatment, and the needs that they have for getting better.

Complementary medicine, in most cases, cannot hurt. So, whether or not you might think that they work, the truth is that for many people they do bring about faster and more effective healing than for those who are only using conventional therapy. It all comes down to what the condition warrants for treatment, and whether or not the patient is willing to try all options that are open to them.

There have been many people who have been helped by using complementary medicine along with their prescribed treatment plan, and there are just as many who feel that they received no benefit so in the end, it is up to you to decide what you believe will work the best for your health.

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