In 1998, the National Institute of Health (NIH) established the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). They have received millions of dollars in funding to study the effects of acupuncture, meditation, massage, energy healing and other non-traditional medicine.
Major medical facilities nationwide have established integrative medicine departments. In most Cancer treatment facilities, acupuncture, massages and meditation are all a part of their therapy programs.
Dr. Joel Ying, MD, is just one of the doctors in Naples who is Board-Certified in Internal Medicine with a Holistic Approach to treating the body, mind and spirit. When he hung up his doctor’s shingle in 2007, it was to practice Traditional and Natural Medicine, Acupuncture, Craniosacral Therapy and Energy Medicine.
“My mission is integration of Traditional and Alternative Medicine,” said Dr. Ying.
Herb and supplement companies are making millions of dollars every year along with natural food markets, manufacturing alternative treatments for Americans.
Catherine Via, of Naples, grows her own herbs and purchases local herbs to dry, grind and mix for her Herb and Botanical business.
“My herbs are dried naturally, are grown with best practice gardening techniques, or from certified organic growers,” said Via. Her business is in-store or on-line.
Alternative medicine is a practice that claims to have the same healing effects as medicine but does not have scientific evidence. Some of the more popular alternative therapies include chiropractic, energy medicine, acupuncture and herbal remedies.
Complementary medicine is an alternative medicine used together with conventional medical treatment. It is a “complement” to scientific treatments.
Chiropractic was developed from the belief that by manipulating the spine it effects the flow of a supernatural vital energy and thereby effects health and disease. According to the American Holistic Health Association (AHHA), Chiropractic is primarily used as a pain relief alternative for muscles, joints, bones and connective tissue.
Dr. Michael J. Paralovos, Doctor of Chiropractic, entered private practice in Naples in 2012. Dr. Paralovos serves as the official Chiropractic to the Florida Everblades. “Chiropractic is a healthcare discipline that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of spinal dysfunction, also referred to as a vertebral subluxation complex.” Said Paralovos. Chiropractic adjustments correct these misalignments.
Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been used since the second half of the twentieth century. The Chinese believe that there is a supernatural energy called qi that flows through the universe and through the body, helping propel the blood blockage which leads to disease. They believe that acupuncture, the insertion of needles at various parts of the body, are determined by astrological calculations that can restore balance to blocked flows and cure disease. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture is effective for treating 28 conditions including headaches, nausea and severe dry mouth.
Liu’s Acupuncture Center, Naples branch, is a traditional Chinese medical therapeutic center. The doctors in Liu’s Acupuncture Center are educated and trained in China, both in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine. “We do treatment with acupuncture and Chinese medicine, but we try to meet our thoughts and explanations with modern medical theories,” said a LAC spokeperson.
Energy medicines are bio-electromagnetic-based therapies using verifiable electromagnetic fields or pulse fields, using alternating currents in an unconventional way. The belief is that magnets can be used to defy the laws of physics to encourage health and cure disease.
Herbal remedies are found in nature from various plants and flowers, berries, roots, leaves, bark, fungal, bee products, minerals and shells. They have been the base for medical treatments throughout human history. Herbal treatments have become big business and are being evidence-tested next to pharmaceutical drugs that are also derived from plants. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 80% of people worldwide rely on herbal medicines for a portion of their primary health care.
If you would like to locate a Complementary or Alternative health care provider, visit The American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) at www.ahha.org or to find an experienced herbalist in your area, visit The American Herbalists (AHG) at www.americanherbalistguild.com.
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