CAM is a form of healing that considers the whole person — body, mind, spirit, and emotions — in the quest for optimal health and wellness. According to Alternative Medicine philosophy, one can achieve optimal health — the primary goal of Alternative medicine practice — by gaining proper balance in life.
CAM practitioners believe that the whole person is made up of interdependent parts and if one part is not working properly, all the other parts will be affected. In this way, if people have imbalances (physical, emotional, or spiritual) in their lives, it can negatively affect their overall health.
CAM practitioners use a variety of treatment techniques to help their patients take responsibility for their own well-being and achieve optimal health. Depending on the practitioner’s training, these may include:
•Patient education on lifestyle changes and self-care to promote wellness. This may include diet, exercise, psychotherapy, relationship and spiritual counseling, and more.
•Complementary and alternative therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, homeopathy, aromatherapy, biofeedback, massage therapy, naturopathy, and others.
•Western medications and surgical procedures.