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Information about Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The first thing that we need to do to understand the discussion is to define the terms that are most often used alternately but signifies something different, and these are the words holistic medicine, alternative medicine, and complementary medicine. Holistic medicine refers to a kind of treatment and those who practice these do no work within the framework of mainstream medicine.

In other words, what is being spoken here when it talks about the holism, is a philosophy that believes in treating the whole person and in the integration of mind, body and spirit. In this type of healing it is believed that for a person to be healed the three elements of a human being must be treated together. In mainstream medicine they treat only what is the obvious sickness of the person which is very much unlike holistic treatment which considers the person as a whole. One of the terms is increasingly popular in western culture is “wellness”. People use that word as a way of life rather than relating to medical treatment. Overall body wellness is what holistic approach aims to achieve.

Alternative medicine however is a term that refers to an alternative or a substitute medical system from our conventional western medicine. Alternative medicine includes Chinese medicine, homeopathy, and others. The third class of alternative medicine is herbalism.

Complementary medicine are non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical treatments. Practitioners of complementary medicine are also regulated so the need to be trained and certified before they can practice their profession.

The chiropractic treatment belongs here. You might think that chiropractic treatment is new; it was actually developed a very long time ago. For decades, chiropractors fought to be accepted by mainstream conventional medicine but despite its fame today, there are still doctors today who refuse to accept it as a legitimate form of medical treatment. The same thing is true with acupuncture which the Chinese introduced and which is a semi-invasive procedure; today it is now accepted as part of mainstream medicine.

Both the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) which at one time were considered fringe medicine, has now gained acceptance among western consumers as it has proven to be effective in treating a range of conditions.

To show the acceptance of complementary and alternative medicine, there is already a doctorate program in acupuncture and oriental medicine in one of the universities in California which also received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Chiropractic care is already the focus of many recent researches. It has been found out by the National Institute of Health that chiropractic procedures indeed relieve back and neck pain, headaches, and joint conditions like knee, hip, and shoulder pain. NIH also reports that two out the three patients who visit these providers for pain get needed relief.