Alternative and complementary medicine calls are medical practices that are not currently considered as an integral part of conventional orthodox medicine. The list of these medical practices constantly changing as they prove to be safe and effective become progressively accepted by orthodox medicine
Alternative and complementary medicine calls are medical practices that are not currently considered as an integral part of conventional orthodox medicine. The list of these medical practices constantly changing as they prove to be safe and effective become progressively accepted by orthodox medicine. Currently, alternative and complementary medicines can be grouped into five large categories.
Alternative medical systems
Alternative medical systems refer to complete systems of theory and practice that have evolved independently and often prior to the biomedical orthodox approach. Some are traditional systems of medicine that are practiced by individual cultures throughout the world, including the venerable Asian medicines are included.
Traditional Oriental medicine, which emphasizes balance and imbalances of qi (pronounced chee), or life energy, health and illness respectively. Traditional Oriental medicine is a group of techniques and methods among which are acupuncture, herbal medicine, oriental massage and qi gong (a form of energy therapy). Acupuncture involves stimulation of specific anatomical points on the body for therapeutic purposes, usually by puncturing the skin with a needle.
“Alternative medical systems concern
complete medical systems theory and practice “
Ayurveda is the traditional medical system of India. Ayurvedic medicine, which means “science of life” is a complete system of medicine which places the same level the body, mind and spirit and try to restore the innate harmony of the individual. Some of the major Ayurvedic tratmientos include diet, exercise, meditation, herbs, massage, exposure to sunlight and breath control.
Homeopathy is an unconventional western system based on the principle of “like cures like”, ie that the same substance that in large doses produces the symptoms of the disease, the cure in small doses. Homeopathic practitioners believe that the more diluted is a remedy is more power. Therefore, homeopaths use minimal doses of plant extracts and minerals specially prepared to stimulate the body’s natural defenses and healing processes in order to treat the disease.
“Homeopathic doctors believe that
the more diluted is the remedy is greater potency “
Naturopathy involves the disease as a manifestation of alterations in the processes by which the body heals itself and emphasizes on the restoration of health rather than on treatment of the disease. Naturopathic physicians use a variety of sanatorias practices: diet and clinical nutrition, homeopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine (herbal medicine and plants), hydrotherapy (use of water at different temperatures and application methods), spinal manipulations spinal and soft tissue, physical therapies such as electrical currents, ultrasound and light therapy, therapeutic advice and pharmacology.
The mind-body interventions use a variety of techniques designed to facilitate the ability of the mind to affect the functions and physical symptoms. Some have well documented theoretical basis, such as patient education therapy and cognitive-behavioral, currently accepted by orthodox medicine. On the other hand, meditation, certain types of hypnosis, dance therapy, music or art, or mental healing through prayer, are classified as complementary and alternative.
“Phytotherapy uses individual herbs
or mixtures with therapeutic purpose “
Search practices, and interventions based on natural biology, many of which overlap with the use of dietary supplements used by orthodox medicine products are included. Examples herbal medicine, special dietary therapies, orthomolecular therapy and individual biological therapy.
The individual herbs or herbal mixtures used for therapeutic purposes. An herb is a plant or part of a plant that produces and contains chemicals that act on the body. Special dietary therapies as proposed by the Atkins, Ornish, Pritikin and Weil believes doctors can prevent some diseases and preserve health.
Orthomolecular therapy aims to treat the disease with different concentrations of chemicals such as magnesium, melatonin, and mega-doses (very high doses higher than currently recommended) vitamins.
“Acupuncture involves stimulation of anatomical points
specific in the body for therapeutic purposes,
usually by puncturing the skin with a needle “
Among the biological therapies are for example the use of shark cartilage for cancer treatment and bee pollen for the treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.
And body handling methods
Search methods are based on manipulation and / or body movement are included. For example, chiropractors focus on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health, using manipulative therapies as an integral therapeutic tool.
Some osteopaths, put particular emphasis on the musculoskeletal system and believe that all body systems work together and that changes in a system can have an impact on the role of the rest of the body, so practice osteopathic manipulation. Massage therapy by manipulating the soft tissues of the body to normalize.
“Biofield therapies attempt to affect
energy fields, whose existence has not yet been
Energy therapies are concentrated both in the fields of energy originating within the body itself (biofield) and from other sources (electromagnetic fields).
Biofield therapies attempt to affect energy fields, whose existence has not been demonstrated experimentally that surround and penetrate the human body. Some forms of energy therapy manipulate you biocampos by applying pressure and / or manipulating the body by laying on of hands in, or through, these fields. Examples of this therapy include qi gong, Reiki and Therapeutic Touch.
The qi gong is a component of traditional Oriental medicine that combines movement, meditation and regulation of breathing to stimulate the flow of vital energy (qi) in the body to improve blood circulation and stimulate immune function.
“The therapies involve the use bioelectromagnetic
Unconventional of electromagnetic fields “
Reiki, a Japanese word representing Universal Life Energy, is based on the belief that channeling spiritual energy through the practitioner’s spirit is healed, which in turn heals the physical body.
Therapeutic Touch is derived from the ancient technique of “laying on hands” and is based on the premise that the healing force of the therapist acts on the patient’s recovery and healing occurs when the body’s energies are in balance. By passing their hands over the patient, healers can identify energy imbalances.
Bioelectromagnetic therapies involve the unconventional use of electromagnetic fields, such as pulsed fields, magnetic fields or fields of alternating or direct current, for example, to treat asthma or cancer or control pain, headaches or migraines .