What is Complementary Therapy?

Complementary therapy, complementary and alternative therapy, and holistic medicine are many terms of the same approach to wellness.   

Therapies that do not separate mind and body but see the person as a whole are considered Complementary, Alternative or Holistic therapies. Such therapies are perceived as healing and empowering by its users. Additionally they encourage us to recognize our own intrinsic self-healing abilities and motivate us to become actively involved in self healing.  The goal of such holistic approach is to address the roots of illness, not just the symptoms. 

Complementary therapies can be products or practices. Such therapies have not been tested using modern scientific methods, still their popularity has been on the rise in the west since the 1970s. The reason for this  popularity seems to stem from growing frustration and desperation by patients about limitations and side effects of conventional science based medicine. Other reason people choose  alternative therapy is that they find the side effects of conventional  medicine overwhelming. Since the mid 20th century there has been a changing social attitude about not using chemicals and finding healing procedures that focus on the mind-body approach of healing. This has fueled the search for alternative treatment practices. Some of these practices are ancient and some are modern and some are a mix of two.

Complementary Therapies can be healing and empowering!
Following are some of the most well known complementary therapies :













Traditional Chinese medicine  

Western herbal medicine


There are many different ways these therapies can be used to achieve wellness and address a health issue.

However, there is a subtle difference between complementary therapy and alternative therapy. In some cases people use one or more of these therapies in conjunction with conventional medical treatments prescribed by the doctor. So, they then become complementary therapy.   

Sometimes these therapies are used instead of conventional medical treatment. In that case  they completely replace the conventional medicine and become alternative therapies.

Whatever the level of integration with conventional treatment, the goal of unconventional therapy remains to support and heal the person from within. That philosophy itself may be the reason for growing popularity of alternative therapies. Growing number of people tend to choose unconventional options because they matches their values, faith, beliefs, and philosophical orientation to wellness.

Complementary and alternative therapy is a growing phenomenon. However, such treatment procedures have not gone through any kind of modern scientific testing. It is a fact that unconventional therapies have and continue to help people but it is very important to inform doctor about any kind of alternative therapy one is practicing.

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