Complementary medicine 101: maintaining a holistic balance.Complementary medical practices are ones that expand the treatment repertoire beyond those methods taught at American medical schools. They allow alternative, unconventional healing modalities Modalities
The factors and circumstances that cause a patient's symptoms to improve or worsen, including weather, time of day, effects of food, and similar factors. and conventional western medicine to complement one another for the benefit of the patient.
Complementary medicine strives to maintain a holistic balance by presenting options to individuals. This type of medicine is really about providing a balanced approach to wellness that maintains an openness to all alternatives and to what has meaning in someone's life.
I was trained in conventional western medicine as a physician and surgeon. But from my personal life's path I knew that healing involved the whole individual: body, mind and spirit. The reason that alternative therapies are so popular in this country, is that they fill a niche in which conventional medicine is generally deficient. And large numbers of Americans are seeking that niche.
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Harvard College, originally for men, was founded in 1636 with a grant from the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. researchers reported on the year 1990 in a prestigious medical journal that they found one-third of Americans utilize alternative methods (about 60 million people). Of these, 20 million see alternative practitioners, and most of these do not disclose that information to their medical doctors. They estimated that $14 billion a year is spent out of pocket (i.e. not reimbursed by their insurance companies). Even if hugely inflated, these numbers clearly show a large portion of the population find benefit from, and wish to utilize, these methods. Wouldn't it be nice if they could talk to their physicians about it?
True health is more than just a sound body and freedom from mental illness. It implies that all aspects of our lives are free from ailment ail·ment
A physical or mental disorder, especially a mild illness. . This means a healthy mind and life that is fulfilling and balanced in all aspects: psychologically. emotionally, socially, and spiritually. The convention of modern western medicine is the best in the world for dealing with accidents, trauma, sudden medical disease, and many chronic conditions.
It is not perfect and many books and articles have been written about its shortcomings A shortcoming is a character flaw.
Shortcomings may also be:
Alternative healthcare methods are a great complement to the western medical approach. They often deal with the issues that conventional medicine doesn't. The issues of healthy living, mind-body interaction, creative thinking, self-help, and emotional and spiritual balance are fully confronted.
Many of these practices are performed by the patient, empowering the individual toward sell worth and the ability to change for the better. They are often rooted in age-old traditional wisdom.
Healing interventions range on a continuum from the aggressive measures associated with high-technology therapeutics, to the self-applied gentle healing energies associated with paradigms of wholeness and unity with nature and the universe. On the one end, the body is seen as a machine, and on the other end, the body is seen as reflection of the elements of the nature.
Looking at the full spectrum of healing modalities, from conventional to alternative, no therapy is inherently good or bad; rather the perspective of application determines each therapy's benefit to a particular situation. For example, I can take a knife out of my kitchen drawer and use it to help feed my family, carve a beautiful sculpture, or murder my next-door neighbor. The knife (which represents any modality modality /mo·dal·i·ty/ (mo-dal´i-te)
1. a method of application of, or the employment of, any therapeutic agent, especially a physical agent.
2. , high or low tech) is not inherently good or bad. It is the perspective of application that determines the outcome. In the same way, when used at the right time and place, all modalities have benefit and none are mutually exclusive Adj. 1. mutually exclusive - unable to be both true at the same time
incompatible - not compatible; "incompatible personalities"; "incompatible colors" (i.e. there is no reason why modalities on different ends of the continuum cannot be utilized together).
So what determines when to use what? That is dependent on many issues including risk/benefit ratios, paradigms and past experiences of the patient and practitioner, and availability, and cost. Obviously, these factors will be different for each therapy as applied to each patient. Healing must be individualized in·di·vid·u·al·ize
tr.v. in·di·vid·u·al·ized, in·di·vid·u·al·iz·ing, in·di·vid·u·al·iz·es
1. To give individuality to.
2. To consider or treat individually; particularize.
3. , and the less dogma DOGMA, civil law. This word is used in the first chapter, first section, of the second Novel, and signifies an ordinance of the senate. See also Dig. 27, 1, 6. and more openness applied to the circumstances, the more is available to be of benefit to the person. Any therapy can be harmful when not applied from the appropriate perspective.
A circle is being drawn, the groundwork is being laid for a new medicine that is not restricted by dogma to one modality. No individual practitioner can be expert in all modalities. All practitioners can remain open to anything that is perceived by the client/patient as beneficial to their overall well-being.
* "Unconventional Medicine in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. . Prevalence, Costs and Patterns of Use," D.M. Eisenberg M.D., et.al. New England Journal of Medicine The New England Journal of Medicine (New Engl J Med or NEJM) is an English-language peer-reviewed medical journal published by the Massachusetts Medical Society. It is one of the most popular and widely-read peer-reviewed general medical journals in the world. , Vol.328, #4; 1/28/93
Rick Clofine, D.O., F.A.C.O.O.G., A.B.H.M., is the Medical Director of Millennium Healthcare Dr. Clofine is board certified board certified,
adj the status of a dental specialist such as an orthodontist who has become a board diplomate by successfully completing the certification program of the recognized certification board in that area of practice. in Gynecology and Holistic Medicine holistic medicine, system of health care based on a concept of the "whole" person as one whose body, mind, spirit, and emotions are in balance with the environment. , his interest in natural healing natural healing Alternative healing Alternative health Any healing technique that may be rooted in supernaturalist methods. See Absent healing, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Alexander technique, Applied kinesiology, Ayurvedic medicine, Bioenergetics, Cayce therapies, and osteopathic os·te·op·a·thy
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