What is the difference between complementary medicine / alternative healing methods and traditional or orthodox medicine?
Most people are familiar with conventional medicine, orthodox or traditional medicine as it is sometime called such as medical practices normally associated with your local GP / doctor, hospitals, clinics or pharmacies. These medicines are practiced by physicians in general medical facilities or establishments.
Alternative or complementary medicine on the other hand includes natural medicine and practices, philosophies and healing methods deriving from a wide range and variety of different world cultures.
When it comes to healing the body from ailments, sickness or disease some may be of the opinion that traditional / conventional medicine may be the only possible way or safe way. However over the years possibly because of the arrival of the internet which has opened up global education and communication, more and more people have become aware that there are now many alternative and complementary methods of healing used in conjunction with traditional / conventional medicines.
Whilst some medical professionals may strictly adhere to traditional practices, many others are now beginning to look more and more at alternative or complementary methods of healing, a growing number of medical practitioners now apply and recommend complementary medicine by combining traditional medicine and alternative healing methods where a combination of both modalities may prove beneficial or effective for a person with health issues.
Alternative medicine is not ‘instead of’ it is another way of applying healing methods that is neither orthodox nor conventional. Complementary means to complement whatever treatment or medicine the person is receiving either orthodox or alternative.
Alternative medicine tends to look at the possible cause of sickness, illness or disease and also on the overall health of body, mind and spirit, with the emphasis more on natural healing methods. Traditional or orthodox medicine may provide treatments for symptoms and specific needs and problems in particular areas of the body.
Types of Alternative Medicine
Alternative /complementary medicines now cover a wide range of modalities including: Bio-energy, acupuncture, homeopath, chiropractic, osteopath, herbal medicine, massage, sound healing, energy healing, spiritual healing, colour healing, crystal healing.
Although a large number of alternative healing practices may not have been approved by the FDA some people have a preference and choose natural healing treatments and methods whilst others may remain hesitant to try alternative or complementary healing methods.
There will always be a need for orthodox medicine and practices.
Slowly but surely society is also moving steadily towards embracing alternative or complementary ways of maintaining the overall health of body, mind and spirit.
Alternative or complementary medicine is now more widely accepted and is being used throughout the world. Sometimes alternative or complementary medicine may prove effective when nothing else seems to work.
Knowing is empowering.
When you are knowledgeable and understand more about the cause and effect of illness and disease and you have had the opportunity to look at alternative or complementary healing methods you then have choice and can make an informed decision around any aspect of your own health and the health of those around you.