A Guide to Chiropractic, Acupuncture, and Complementary and Alternative Medicine
It would be helpful to first define the term that is most often used alternately but signifies something different, “holistic medicine, alternative medicine and complementary medicine”. Holistic medicine refers to a kind of treatment and those who practice these do no work within the framework of mainstream medicine.
With holistic medicine treatment is done to a person as a whole, as a being with mind, body , and spirit. For a person to be healed using the holistic approach it has to involve the totality of his mind, body, and spirit being treated together. This is unlike mainstream medicine where treatment is isolated to a specific illness or injury. One of the terms is increasingly popular in western culture is “wellness”. It is much about a way of life as it is about medical treatment. In the holistic philosophy their approach is in promoting overall body wellness.
When we speak of alternative medicine, on the other hand, we speak of an alternative or something that replaces our conventional western medicine. Chinese medicine, homeopathy, and other procedures are included in alternative medicine. Another therapy included in alternative medicine is herbalism.
Complementary medicine are non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical treatments. However, it should be noted that some; although not all, practitioners in this of medicine are also highly regulated, they undergo rigorous training and must be certified in order to practice.
Chiropractic care is a complementary form of medicine. While many people might think of chiropractic are as a relatively recent treatment, it was actually developed back in the late ninth century. Although they fought long and hard to be accepted in mainstream medicine, a lot of chiropractors are still being looked down as a legitimate medical practitioner. Acupuncture a semi-invasive procedure introduced by the Chinese has also fought long and hard to be accepted by mainstream medicine.
Because of their effectiveness in treating various conditions, complementary and alternative medicine, once unaccepted by mainstream medicine, is gaining popularity in the western world.
Just to prove that complementary and alternative medicine are slowly making their way to the mainstream is the first doctorate program in acupuncture and oriental medicine in a famous California university.
Research is also promising for chiropractic care. The National Institutions of Health (NIH) has found that chiropractic procedures relieve back and neck pain, headaches, and joint conditions like knee, hip and shoulder pain. NIH also reports that two out the three patients who visit these providers for pain get needed relief.