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What is alternative medicine? It is the utilization of medical practices that are outside of the standard strictures of traditional Western medicine, or what is sometimes referred to as allopathic medicine. Western medicine is what is taught in medical schools, and has been scientifically tested.
Alternative medicine practices are those that have not been tested or taught in the West, but have many enthusiastic advocates. One of the many advantages of alternative and complementary medical techniques is that they are generally less invasive than traditional allopathic medicine. Some of these practices have originated fairly recently, such as chiropractic medical care, which is based upon manual manipulation of the vertebrae, to homeopathic medicine, from the Latin similia similibus curentur, or “like cures like.” Some alternative medical practices are the science and art of healing that belong to ancient practices in Eastern cultures, such as acupuncture, one of the oldest forms of healing, originating in China, which seeks to correct the flow of qi or “life energy.” Or Ayurveda, from India, meaning “life knowledge.”
There are alternative practices which center on relaxing the body and the mind, such as the many styles of massage (there are over 250 types). Through manipulation of the muscles and deep tissue, this might be considered a passive form of exercise, with the healing properties of increased circulation; the touch a source of comfort and ease. There are many types of healing massage, ranging from acupressure to Swedish.
There are practices which seek to unite the mind/body/spirit, such as prayer, meditation, and visualization; which may impart increased relaxation, serenity, and peace, providing methods to improve the quality of life. Complementary medicine, is that which complements or augments Western medicine, and is often used in conjunction with traditional allopathic practices.
Complementary, alternative, and mainstream Western medicine are not incompatible. It is becoming more studied, accepted, and widely practiced to integrate practices all three areas of medicine. This joining of medical schools, disciplines, and healing modalities is often called integrative medicine, or it may go by the initials CAM, for complementary and alternative medicine. Many patients enjoy the medical modalities of CAM. Among those who practice this type of health care are the Miami doctors at the Dayton Medical Center.
In much the same way the vanguard of practices begins, and with a small group of devoted advocates, then through time, trial, experimentation, and example the movement grows — what once was cutting edge becomes readily accepted and quotidian.
Individuals who are interested in working with their physicians as partners in exploring health care now have all the treatments, procedures, and protocols available for consideration. If you would like to see a list of all treatments/procedures available at Dayton Medical Center, please visit daytondandesmedical.com.
Many health practices which are formally considered “alternative” have been gaining ground, and are now widely studied and agreed to be effective. One example of this kind of thinking revolves around regular meditation, which is now widely considered to be effective and has been demonstrated to enhance during the practice alpha brave wave function, which connotes deep relaxation. As stress is known to be a major cause of many chronic diseases and discomforts, from heart disease and hypertension, from depression, to anxiety, a pleasant protocol that can be easily learned, applied, and has no side affects is something that warrants consideration as part of an individual patient’s lifestyle choices.
The Miami doctors at the Dayton Medical Center offer many alternative, complementary, and Western style medical treatments that synergistically allow patients and doctors the full array of healing options. Check out services offered by visiting daytondandesmedical.com.
In the treatment of the individual, many health professionals and advocates are now suggesting a multitude of treatments, health care modalities, and medical protocols. Just as each individual is special and unique, the avenues of vibrant good health should be open to all the exciting possibilities of medical care.