Alternative medicines are often eagerly accepted, vehemently rejected or conveniently ignored by mainstream medical doctors. This is partly due to the inadequate amount of formal scientific research and traditional biases towards non-Western medical systems. According to the National Institute of Health, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) are non-mainstream treatments that can be successfully integrated with mainstream medical care. Despite mainstream medical resistance, a recent survey by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) revealed that over 40 percent of American adults use some kind of complementary or alternative medicine. Join the ranks of those enjoying the benefits of different CAMs through trying an alternative medicine in Miami.
What exactly is CAM?
The term CAM is applied to any category of medicine that utilizes a unique, unconventional approach to treatment. However, complementary and alternative medicine actually refers to two different approaches. Complementary medicine is any treatment that is used alongside traditional medicine. For example, acupuncture can successfully reduce the negative side effects of chemotherapy, such as vomiting and nausea. On the other hand, alternative medicine is an actual substitute for the traditional medical method. For example, a cancer patient uses nutritional supplements instead of chemotherapy.
Below are examples of popular CAMs:
- Body Based Systems – Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Rolfing
- Energy Based Systems – Reiki (Japanese), Qi Gong (Chinese), Magnet Therapy
- Holistic Medical Systems – Indian Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
- Biology Based Systems – Homeopathy, Naturopathy, herbal remedies, dietary supplements.
Using homeopathy in Miami may be just the thing to meet your diet and health needs. CAM’s offer flexibility and diversity through non-invasive techniques. For example, a lymphatic drainage massage in Miami is a much better choice than surgery.
The Benefits of CAMs
One of the basic principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is called the holistic theory, or ‘zheng ti guan dian.’ This means that health is viewed from the perspective of the whole body and in relation to the whole environment. This is opposite to traditional Western medicine, which focuses on the disease itself, ignores everything else and aggressively fights the disease. As a result, toxic medication and invasive surgery excel at healing specific conditions while creating disastrous side effects and additional health problems. Another important aspect to CAMs is that they focus on removing the root cause of the disease. TCM refers to the disease as the root and the symptoms as the tree leaves. Western medicine primarily attacks the leafy symptoms while ignoring the root causes. Finally, one of the primary focuses of CAMs is on prevention. The time to cure a disease isn’t after it’s been diagnosed, but rather before it even starts.