Essay on Integrative Medicine And Alternative Medicine

1060 Words May 10th, 2016 5 Pages
There are more people alive today than have ever been on the earth, and with the ever-growing population comes an ever-growing pool of new diseases and disorders. Stresses on our bodies have become more frequent and more hazardous, along with an increase in unhealthy lifestyles. Healthcare professions are continually in high demand as it takes a lot to keep so many people healthy. With all this change in the medical world, where do people turn when faced with health issues? With a paradigm shift from full reliance on doctors and hospitals to greater independence, people have started going down less traditional medical paths. Alternative medicine is any kind of treatment not regarded as orthodox by the medical profession. Complementary medicine is a faction of alternative medicine that works alongside traditional, or “Western” techniques, such as using aromatherapy to aid surgery patients in recovery. Integrative medicine is the combination of Western medicine and alternative medicine, and is becoming more widely used in healthcare centers across the world (“Complementary and Alternative Medicine”). There are countless methods not considered “mainstream” by the medical world, including acupuncture, aromatherapy, biofeedback, meditation, massage therapy, reflexology, Tai Chi, yoga, etc. Alternative medicine in general is growing in popularity and advocacy, as even over a decade ago the New England Journal of Medicine reported that Americans pay more visits annually to…

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