Different Forms of Complimentary Medicines and Treatments

Complimentary medicines have become a fairly accepted part of the healthcare field, and while there is somewhat of a divide in people who believe in them and those who don’t, many of them do actually come with evidence of success and effectiveness. Because so many people rely on alternative treatments instead of conventional ones, even these alternatives need to be strictly regulated, lest they cause their consumers more harm than good. So to help you understand the nature of alternative treatments, here are their five major classifications.

Alternative Medical Systems

Alternative medical systems are those treatments that are not strictly conventional and generally have their roots in non-Western practices such as traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, chiropractors, naturopathic medicine and so forth. These treatments are typically used alongside conventional ones when there is a disorder to be treated, or are often used to simply enhance an individual’s quality of life.

Mind-Body Interventions

Mind-body interventions are those practices that use bodily techniques that encourage the mind to affect bodily functions and symptoms. It takes a more holistic approach to treatments by using techniques such as meditation, hypnosis and art-therapy. Many of the approaches offered by mind-body interventions are considered a popular form of complimentary treatment; even if many of them hold little-to-no evidence of effectiveness.

Biologically Based Treatments

Biologically based medicines generally have little-to-no evidence of effectiveness, and in some cases even result in the destruction of natural species and habitats. Consider the use of shark cartilage to treat the symptoms of cancer, rhino horns for infertility. Not all of them are bogus and destructive however, since these forms of treatments also make use of orthomolecular medicines, chelation therapy and herbal medicines as well.

Body-Based Therapies

Body-based therapies are those that use the physical and manual manipulation of a person’s body or physical structure as part of a treatment of imbalances in the muscular and skeletal structures. These treatments include therapeutic massages, osteopathic manipulation, chiropractic treatments and reflexology, to name a few.

Energy Therapies

Energy therapies are based on the concept that there is a connection between the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual states of a person, and that a disorder in one, can be treated with therapies directed at the others. This classification also takes a holistic approach to treatment in taking care of all of the abovementioned factors to foster better health in the patient.

Contact MRA Regulatory Consulting

To find out more about the different forms of complimentary medicines and treatments available out there, and the process of regulating them, contact a representative from MRA Regulatory Consultants today, or visit our website for more information on our services.

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