Modern medicine, and the system it treats medical conditions, is subjugated by what people think of as orthodox medicine. This is what most individuals have come to recognize as ‘real medicine’, and the practicalities of orthodox medicine are in well-grounded technical research. Because of this systematic approach, orthodox medicine has made remarkable advances in one’s comprehension of human biology, the diseases and circumstances that can badly affect that biology, which has led to the development of treatments and drugs.
However, there are confines to what this form of medicine can attain. Many doctors like Tup Ingram unreservedly admit that many individuals feel poorly for reasons that contemporary medicine cannot explicate, and that when they recommend drugs, they are usually providing placebos that basically help the patients calm down while nature’s natural healing processes do the work.
And this is where complementary therapies can come in to their own work. Complementary therapies are types of medical treatment that are used along with traditional medicine, but are not considered as typical medicine because they have not been developed in accordance with the usual scientific model. In this way they work with and “harmonize” the treatment a doctor may lay down.
A clear difference exists between ‘alternative’ and ‘complementary’ medicine. Orthodox medics distinguish, and often suggest, complementary treatments because they have a provable healing effect. It is just that the therapeutic mechanism is not always fully implicit in the experiential terms that the regular scientific method necessitates. This thinking would be relevant to the flow of energies that Acupuncture stimulates and promotes, or the cognitive states attained during Hypnosis. Complementary treatments time and again take a holistic view of promoting general health to permit the body to take care of itself, as opposed to using surgery or drugs to treat particular conditions or parts of the body.
Alternative medicine is by and large based on folk medicine ideas and religious beliefs, has no technical basis, and very little confirmation of success. This would consist of practices like magnet therapy, crystal healing and spiritual healing. What achievement these practices achieve is generally ascribed to the panacea effect, with all endeavors of trying to demonstrate there is a realistic principle underlying the treatments failing to meet even the most basic technical criteria.
In contrast, according to Tup Ingram, complementary treatments are often well researched and their healing benefits are well understood and acknowledged. A distinctive complementary clinic would provide a range of treatments that may include a Pilates Class, Osteopath, Sports Massage, and Counselling, and Acupuncture, all designed to keep a person in a state of well-being and good health without needing surgery or drugs.
Fascinatingly, as orthodox medicine advances and our comprehension of the subtler processes of the human life form also increase, the reasons that harmonizing treatments are so effectual are coming to light. This means that the breach between mainstream medicine and some corresponding treatments is narrowing to the point that the therapeutic establishment may soon pay no attention to the division altogether.