“Complementary” generally refers to using a non-mainstream approach together with conventional medicine.
“Alternative” refers to using a non-mainstream approach in place of conventional medicine.
“Integrative health care” integrating various practices with origins outside of mainstream medicine into treatment and health promotion.
Natural Products This group includes a variety of products, such as herbs (also known as botanicals), vitamins and minerals, and probiotics. They are widely marketed, readily available to consumers, and often sold as dietary supplements.
Mind and Body Practices Mind and body practices include a large and diverse group of procedures or techniques administered or taught by a trained practitioner or teacher.
Acupunctureis a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body—most often by inserting thin needles through the skin.
- Massage therapy includes many different techniques in which practitioners manually manipulate the soft tissues of the body.
- Most meditation techniques, such as mindfulness meditation or transcendental meditation, involve ways in which a person learns to focus attention.
- Movement therapies include a broad range of Eastern and Western movement-based approaches; examples include Feldenkrais method, Alexander technique, Pilates, Rolfing Structural Integration, and Trager psychophysical integration.
- Relaxation techniques,such as breathing exercises, guided imagery, and progressive muscle relaxation, are designed to produce the body’s natural relaxation response.
- Spinal manipulation is practiced by health care professionals such as chiropractors, osteopathic physicians, naturopathic physicians, physical therapists, and some medical doctors. Practitioners perform spinal manipulation by using their hands or a device to apply a controlled force to a joint of the spine. The amount of force applied depends on the form of manipulation used.
- Tai chiand qi gong are practices from traditional Chinese medicine that combine specific movements or postures, coordinated breathing, and mental focus.
- The various styles of yoga used for health purposes typically combine physical postures or movement, breathing techniques, and meditation. http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/the-health-benefits-of-yoga
- Other examples of mind and body practices include healing touch and hypnotherapy. From: http://nccam.nih.gov/health/whatiscam
Introduction to integrative medicines. Andrew Weil http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pXsm3qaFIk
Testing Alternative medicines http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGtdjSAwbzo&list=PLvjgG0pFnZLLfz4bVDZR2HHP6FbecH1MY
Evidence and dangers of Alternative medicines http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elahDHVo_gk