About Complementary/Alternative Medicine
Complementary and alternative medicine encompasses a wide variety of health care practices and therapies that aren’t traditionally included in the United States' conventional medical system. According to the National Institute of Health, over 36% of American adults use some form of complementary or alternative practice.*
- Complementary practices are defined as treatments not encompassed by conventional medicine, but used alongside conventional care.
- Alternative practices are defined as treatments that are used instead of conventional medicine.
The National Institute of Health established an agency called the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) that performs scientific research on the practices and therapies not included in conventional medical practices. Numerous studies have been performed, and many practices are currently being tested under thorough scientific standards.
Types of Complementary/Alternative Medicine
Whole Medical Systems
Whole Medical Systems developed either separate from, or before the current conventional approach.
Mind/Body Medicine uses the mind to affect the body's processes.
- Expressive Arts Therapy
- Meditation - We offer this service
- Music Therapy
- T'ai Chi
- Yoga - We offer this service
Biologically Based Practices
Biologically based practices use natural substances to affect the body's processes.
Manipulative and Body-Based Practices
Manipulative and body-based practices use techniques that move the body to affect health and wellbeing.
- Alexander Technique
- Massage Therapy - We offer this service
Energy Medicine is based on the understanding that the body is surrounded and penetrated by energy fields. Energy medicine works with these fields to affect health and wellbeing.
* National Institute of Health