Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Complementary and Alternative Medicine


Ahhhh.... so now I learn, seems my approach with treating my fibro and cfs is properly called "Complementary and Alternative Medicine." :)

Alternative medicine is defined as any healing practice that is outside the boundaries of conventional Western medicine. Alternative treatments are used instead of conventional medicine (like acupuncture to replace pain meds.)

Some common examples include dietary supplements, meditation, herbals, naturopathy, hypnosis and yoga. 

Complementary medicine is alternative medicine that is used in combination with conventional medicine. Also can be referred to as integrative medicine.

For example, massage therapy used along with pain meds.

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