Complementary & Alternative Medicine

Mar 16, 2012 by

Complementary & Alternative Medicine

According to NCAM, complementary and alternative medicine is “a group of diverse medical health care systems and practices, products that are not presently considered to be a part of conventional medicine.” Complementary means employing both conventional and alternative medicine practitioners. Alternative means only employing natural alternative methods.

Alternative methods include, but are not limited to acupuncture, chiropractic, D.O., music therapy, herbal therapy, homeopathy, nutritional therapy, biofeedback, neurofeedback, naturopathy, meditation, chi gong, etc. Conventional medicine employs surgery, medication, radiation and chemotherapy.

Conventional medicine generally address and treat the symptom, where as in alternative medicine we seek to remedy the soothe the condition with natural remedies. The ultimate is to get to the root cause. There is no right or wrong way to address it. It’s all about your journey and how you choose to deal with it. What experience do you choose to have? Maybe you want to use both methods. Conventions medicine will treat your symptoms and may provide immediate relief. And for permanent  relief you can employ and alternative health practitioner who should help you find the root cause as well as a more natural solution.

Personally, if I can deal with a symptom within my own body, I prefer to just seek out the alternative method in order to remedy my problem forever. Symptoms are the messengers of the body. It alerts you what system of the body is out of balance. I need the symptom so that when I fix the root cause the symptom will disappear.

I take it like the warning light in my car. If my oil light is on, I will check the oil. If the light does not go off once I put the oil in, then I go to the “car doc specialist” to see what other issues may be present in order for me to remedy the problem. I could cut the wire that gives me the warning, which would get rid of the glare of the annoying red light. I could take away the signal (symptom), but that would defeat the purpose of the warning system. If you do that, the problem goes deeper and affects another system. For instance, if I did not put the oil in, eventually it would damage the engine.

Often times alternative medicine providers will work like conventional medicine. They will recommend natural alternatives to take away the symptom. For instance, St. John’s Wort will be recommended as a natural alternative to alleviate depression. It does not fix the problem at the root, but it can relieve the symptoms.

But the journey is yours. You can use natural alternatives to get rid of the annoying symptom or you could use it to get to the root cause. One is not necessarily better than the other. It’s just a different journey. You must answer the questions, what do you really want?



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