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Defining Complementary and Alternative Therapies is difficult, because the field is very broad and constantly changing and developing. The terms Complementary and Alternative are often used interchangeably to refer to  Therapy or Medicine, despite both being different concepts.  Many of these treatments are now often referred to as CAM therapies.
Complementary medicine is different from alternative medicine. Whereas complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine, alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine.

“Alternative medicine” often  described to as a therapy used as an alternative to conventional medicine (eg Ayuverda]

Alternative Therapies or Medicine have seen a continuing growth in popularity and use of these therapies. Although many of these therapies can trace their origins back to ancient Chinese and Indian medicines. Since the gradual introduction of these therapies to the Western World we have seen the introduction of many new forms and developements. Some of the forms thought of as alternative therapies are:- massage, nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, aromatherapy, naturopathy, chiropractic, ayurveda, homeopathy

“Complementary medicine” used together with conventional medicine it is seen as a medicine that complements conventional practises (eg Acupuncture)

Complementary Therapies fall into 4 main types of therapy.
1. Hands-on, body manipulation therapies like acupuncture, acupressure
2. Energy- based therapies like reiki and sekhem
3. Mind-body interaction therapies like EFT
4. Therapies based on other systems

 

Large numbers of the population now subscribe to Complementary Health and the use of alternative & complementary therapies is worldwide, with demand for these therapies growing.
In the UK approximately half of all GPs now provide some kind of access to these forms of therapy and  it is estimated by practitioners that demand for these therapies has increased by up to 30% in the last ten years.
It is currently estimated that 3 in 10 local health authorities in Britain now offer some form of alternative therapy to patients and that as many as one third of people in the United Kingdom have tried at least one form of alternative therapy, usually for the treatment of various problems such as backache, arthritis, or headaches migraine.
Some of the more popular complementary therapies include;
• Aromatherapy, Acupuncture, Herbal medicine, Reflexology, Chiropractic and Hypnotherapy.

Some of the more popular alternative therapies include;
• Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Aromatherapy, Crystal Therapies, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Naturopathy.

 

 

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Ayurvedic medicine also called Ayurveda combines the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge) is one of the world’s oldest medical systems originating in the Vedic culture of India more than 5,000 years ago.
Tibetan medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine have their roots in Ayurveda. Early Greek medicine also includes many concepts originally described in the classical ayurvedic medical texts.

Ayurveda is a system of natural healing using individualised treatments which includes herbal compounds, special diets, exercise, and lifestyle recommendations. The key concepts of Ayurvedic medicine include universal connections between people, their health, and the universe), the body’s constitution (prakriti), and life forces (dosha).

Ayurveda is an holistic approach to health allowing you to become a balanced, vital, happy person with the least amount of effort, providing guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines. Ayurveda reminds you that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit. Instead of having to guess which foods, supplements, and behaviours are appropriate, it suggests a direct prescriptive path developed for your unique body type, or Dosha. taking the guesswork out of getting healthy. Depending on your personality and body type you will need different foods to maintain a healthy and balanced Dosha. The Doshas are known as Kapha (Earth), Pitta (Fire and Water), and Vata (Space, Air and Wind) and are responsible for the characteristics of our mind and body. Each person has one dominant Dosha which is defined by the food we eat. Doshas need to be in kept in harmony if a Dosha gets too strong, it can have a negative effect on our health and general wellbeing. Dosha Types:

  • Kapha: If you are a Kapha type you may be experiencing tiredness, the need to over sleep and have trouble with your weight. Try fresh fruits, vegetables and legumes as well as living in a mild climate if possible.
  • Pitta: When this dosha is dominant people suffer with resentment, anger and digestive problems. They need to ingest foods which cool the body and the temperament, such as grains and vegetable casseroles. Avoiding spicy and sour foods such as oranges and tomatoes can help too.

 

 

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