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 What is Complementary Medicine?
Complementary medicine is becoming popular
in western world, every year millions of
consultation is taking place and statistics
says that one in every three persons have
tried it. It is really helpful for chronic
conditions which could not be treated with
other medications.
Now it is widely accepted in orthodox
medicines that doctors are either trained in
this or referring patients to complementary
therapies or incorporating complementary
therapist into their practice. So, nowadays
complementary medicine is very common in
specialists, hospitals, gyms, schools,
beauty clinics.
While this form of medicine has become
popular, patients are asking for its
effectiveness and safety. Hence
complementary medicine practitioners are
well trained and their professional
associations are working hard to raise the
standards.
Complementary medicine was once called as
alternative medicine as it was treated as
alternative to orthodox, allopathic
medicine. Few accepted alternative medicine
terminology while others felt that is
forming a barrier between complementary and
orthodox medicine while both can work very
well together. Hence the name complementary
medicine came into picture.
So what forms complementary medicine?
ancient traditions provides root to this
like the medical systems of India, China,
Tibet. While the argument continues that
these medications like Traditional Chinese
medicines should not be considered as
alternative medicines as they were practiced
for thousands of years. But their
revitalization puts them in modern health
care approach firmly.
Complementary therapies are developed from
ancient roots such as acupuncture from
Traditional Chinese medicine while others
like osteopathy developed recently from the
work of an US army doctor.
Osteopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture,
herbalism and homeopathy are well
established in UK while naturopathy is also
well established in US, Germany and
Australia. Few other therapies like
nutritional therapy is also growing popular.
Osteopathy and Chiropractic have become
mainstream in UK as they are regulated by
law and included in medical insurance
practiced on the National Health Service. It
is referred for health problems such as back
and neck pain by the practitioners. As a
matter of fact for some people this is
considered as professions allied to
medicine.
Controversy exists with complementary
medicines too particularly on homeopathy
developed in 18th century in Germany whether
it is all in mind or really does it work?
Cranial osteopathy a subtle form of
osteopathy is also in question.
Crystal, color, and light therapy even
though has committed and serious
practitioner is considered as weird and
wacky.
Hope that you have got a good idea about
what is complementary medicine?

				
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