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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Saturday, September 09, 2006
THE WIDE WORLD OF ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES
Integrated medicine combines conventional Western practices with complementary and alternative therapies. Some of those therapies, like chiropractic, have already become entrenched in mainstream care. Here's short guide to a few others you might encounter:

ACUPUNCTURE:
A healing practice developed in China more than 2,000 years ago. Techniques vary, but the most scientifically studied method involves stimulating key points on the body with hair-thin metallic needles that penetrate the skin.

AROMATHERAPHY:
The use of flower or herb extracts (or essences) to help heal and soothe both body and mind.

AYURVEDA:
A 5,000 year old medical system that originated on the Indian subcontinent;literally translated as "the sciences of life", the practice focuses on treating body,mind and spirit to prevent disease; it also looks at diet's role in healing and makes use of herbal remedies.

MASSAGE:
A practice that manipulates muscle tissue to promote circulation, relaxation, and a greater sense of physical and mental well-being.

TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM):
An ancient healthcare system based on the belief that a vital energy -- called Qi -- flows through the body and regulates a person's mental and physical well-being; when the flow of Qi is blocked or disrupted, according to TCM, illness or disease occurs; treatments include herbal therapy, medication, acupuncture and restorative physical exercises.

NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE:
Developed in Western cultures, this medical system is based on the belief that the body has an intrinsic healing power; naturopathic practitioners nourish and support this inner power with nutrition advice, counseling, homeopathy and treatments from Traditional Chinese Medicine.

For more information, visit the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Web site at:http://nccam.nih.gov

(Source: EXPERIENCELIFEMAG/by: Betsy Noxom)
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