What Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) Can Do For You
Like we talked about in the previous post here, Complementary alternative medicine (CAM) (aka Natural Health methods) is the combined use of everyday medical practices with products that aren’t a part of conventional medicine.
Now, these Complementary “products” can be a variety of things like:
- Techniques like:
A lot of people are using combined Complementary Medicine with Modern medicine in hopes that they can heal a chronic disease, or even an acute one, and also to prevent future disease and live a more enhanced quality of life.
Another huge reason people frequently turn to Complementary Medicine and Methods is because conventional medical techniques aren’t working for them in treating chronic health conditions and psychological behaviors. The lack of proper insurance coverage is also a factor in more and more people turning to CAM.
A complementary and alternative approach to your health can help you get in touch with your personal power and become the best person you can be, both in mind and body.
If you’re hurting physically or just not feeling mentally alert, life can begin to pass you by and you may find yourself in the proverbial rut. The ancient findings of Eastern medicine, combined with our modern technology, can lead the way back to physical fitness and mental alertness.
Here are a few types of healing therapies and treatments that you might want to consider:
- Aromatherapy – A type of therapy that involves essential oils derived from herbs, plants and flowers. The aromatherapy treatments may include massage, baths or inhalation therapies.
- Acupuncture – A professional acupuncturist inserts long, thin needles just under the skin in particular areas of the body. This therapy can help relieve pain and help your mind relax or get rid of bad habits, such as smoking. It’s usually completely painless.
- Herbal remedies – Involves the use of natural herbs to relieve or cure maladies such as sunburn, colds, flu, headaches and other symptoms.
- Exercise – Yoga, a series of exercises that promote deep breathing and stretching as well as cardiovascular fitness, is very much a part of the Eastern theory of keeping your body fit as a way to ward off illnesses and fight them if they do occur.
- Natural diet – A proper diet of the yin and yang foods can help maintain your weight and also promote mental alertness. A natural diet consists of the “common sense” foods that we all know are good for us, such as fruit, vegetables, grains that are unrefined and unprocessed, legumes and nuts.
- Massage and Reflexology – These therapies are relaxation and healing techniques that help increase circulation and relieve tense and tight muscles.
Until a few years ago, little information could be found on this growing healthcare field. Now, an astounding amount of alternative medicine books have been written and continue to appear in book stores all over the world.
There is a vast amount of knowledge readily available on the internet just a click away.
Comparing Costs of Medical vs. Alternative Health Methods
If you’ve been to the doctor lately, you know how expensive the visit can be. Not to mention the added costs of needed tests.
Health care costs are simply out of reach for a lot of people. Insurance premiums continue to skyrocket and are unaffordable as well.
In the United States, those in need of prescription medications are crossing the borders of Canada and Mexico, where drug costs are markedly lower. As the benefits and lower costs of alternative medicine become better known throughout the world, more people will begin to try the methods in their daily life to maintain balance and will seek out alternative healthcare providers who believe in its benefits.
The Bottom Line About Alternative Medicine Therapies
There are a few skeptics still around who say that alternative medicine is a fraud, but they’re now few and far between. Academic medical centers such as Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago are adapting certain alternative medicine techniques into their programs.
U.S. News and World Report recently published an article on alternative medicines and wrote that Children’s Memorial is usually a “hard-nosed, tough-cases, research-oriented emblem of western medicine.”
When a teaching hospital such as this begins to allow alternative therapies to coincide with their traditional western theories, others tend to jump on the bandwagon and create their own balance of West and East.
Most physicians today agree that alternative techniques such as yoga, massage and reflexology play a vital role in our daily lives to keep our health on track. In general, the Chinese believe that a combination of Western and Eastern remedies to treat chronic diseases, like cancer, works best – but few Westerners have given that theory a chance.
The bottom line in healthcare is that we need to provide the best treatment or therapy for the patient, and as we cross cultural lines and begin to understand the philosophical framework of Western and Eastern medical practices, we’ll bring new and better methods of treatment to the world.
What do YOU think? Can complementary alternative medicine help you?
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