Treatments, Modalities and Information
There are a wide range of different forms of alternative and complementary treatment, many with differing philosophies, but what they all have in common is seeing people as consisting of more than just a physical body. Therapy is aimed at the whole person, who is seen as a unique individual, an inter-relationship of physical, emotional, and spiritual components. A brief note on terminology: at one time the word used for these different forms of attempting to heal was "alternative" medicine. Gradually it has become known as "complementary" to highlight the fact that it can be used to complement conventional medicine. More people like to think of it as "integrative" care, in which an individual can integrate both conventional medical treatment and complementary therapy approaches. In no way are these therapies to be a substitute for medical treatment. We recommend advising your medical practitioners of your participation in all complementary approaches.