What is Complementary and Alternative Medicine
I have taken many courses towards earning my Ph.D. in Natural Health. My future will not have that Ph.D. degree in it. The school I was taking the courses through, up and closed it’s doors one day with thousands and thousands of students in the middle of their studies. All I had remaining to complete my degree was my consulting practicum. It is my own fault for not earning that degree because I procrastinated like crazy on that practicum. The problem was I wanted the degree just to have it and have the knowledge. I did not intend to start a consulting practice. As with all things – if you have zero interest in something, it is very difficult to make that a priority. The school was a very successful school with so many thousands of graduates over several decades. But I do have the knowledge that I desired – just not the piece of paper to prove it. I can live with that.
Anyway I thought I would take this moment to pass some of that education on to you – my favorite people in the whole wide world! The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) had classified these treatments into five broad categories:
1. Alternative Medical Systems – Complete systems of theory and practice
Native American Healing Practices
Traditional Chinese Medicine
2. Mind-Body Interventions – Techniques designed to enhance the mind’s
capacity to affect bodily functions and symptoms
3. Biologically-Based Therapies – Uses substances found in nature such as herbs, foods and vitamins
4. Manipulative and Body-Based Methods – Manipulation and/or movement of one or more body parts
5. Energy Therapies – Include Biofield Therapies that affect energy fields that surround and penetrate the human body and Bioelectromagnetic Therapies involving unconventional use of electromagnetic fields
Alternating-current or Direct-current fields
The purpose of this post was to let you know that there are many other forms of therapies out there – offering many alternatives or complementary options to traditional allopathic (conventional) care.