Alternative health refers to alternative medicine. In other words, alternative health, or alternative medicine comprise any of the energy medicines and spiritual aids that conventional medical systems, especially in North America and Western Europe, do not consider valid or useful to modern medicine.
Loosely speaking, alternative health also refers to some techniques, as hypnotherapy, which mainstream medicine does consider complementary or supplementary, therefore valid and useful. These are, for the most part, scientifically proven methods and hypnotherapy (clinical hypnosis) certainly falls in this category.
We Utilize Alternative & Complementary Systems
The healing systems and therapies represented by alternative and complimentary medicine offer what conventional medicine does not in the following five ways:
Focuses on the whole person, physical; emotional; spiritual; social.
Focuses on disease and illness prevention.
Treatments are highly individualized.
Focuses on causes of ailments, not symptoms.
Supports the natural healing processes of the body.
Alternative health systems also encourages active patient participation where conventional medicine does not. In this way, we follow suit with helping you help yourself in any way you can and are able.
The Five Categories
There are many different practices, therapies, procedures, modalites and even entire medical systems available to you! Each of them fall under one of five categories as set forth by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a United States Government branch which is part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
We have adopted NCCAM’s categorization below. The pages within will take you to individual therapies and provide information about them and resources: