Complementary medicine is rapidly growing in population. Too often patients feel their needs are brushed off by orthodox health officials. As a result patients take a liking to alternative methods used by a holistic doctor. There are hundreds of different kinds of holistic therapies to go through all of those would be very time consuming, so it’s great that the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) differentiates holistic practices in 5 categories.
- Alternative Medical Systems – any nontraditional systems that was created out the standard Western biomedical practice. An example of this would be Traditional Chinese Medicine which focuses on achieving health through the acquisition of harmony in one’s life. The idea is harmony brings good health and well-being while disharmony or negative factors lead to illness and stress-related diseases. Traditional Chinese Medicines include acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Credit: https://www.healthline.com/health/dry-needling-vs-acupuncture
- Mind-Body Interventions– These therapies focus on the relationships among the brain, mind, body, and behavior and their effect on health and disease. These approaches encompass several therapies such as yoga, visual imagery, and meditation.
- Biologically-Based Therapies– these therapies refer to substances found in nature like herbs, food and vitamins. Some examples include dietary supplements, herbal products and botanical medicines.
- Body-Based Methods– Body based treatments involve the movement of the body or one or more parts of the body to combat imbalances in soft tissues along with bones and joints. An example of a body based method would be message therapy, or chiropractic work.
- Energy Therapies– Energy therapies focus on the energy though to exist in and around the body. In these therapies ,a source of external energy such as electromagnetic fields is used to influence healing. Energy therapies include Reiki and Qigong (a Chinese meditative exercise).