Alternative & Wellness

Alternative medicine offers a broad-based, proactive approach to promote wellness and healing. It’s a wide-lens view of overall health rather than the narrow, reactive approach that characterizes our current mainstream healthcare system. Wellness Practitioners can include:

  • Chiropractors
  • Osteopaths
  • Naturopaths
  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese Medicine Tibetan or Ayurveda


Alternative medicine draws on multiple sources to treat patients:

  • nutritional therapy
  • key supplements
  • relaxation techniques
  • a combination of treatments

Alternative medicine can work in conjunction with conventional methods. The idea is to achieve true healing and wellness in the patient – not just treat symptoms.

Complementary and alternative medicine therapies fall into five major categories:

  1. Alternative Medical Systems
  2. Mind-Body Interventions
  3. Manipulative and Body-Based Methods
  4. Energy Therapies
  5. Biologically Based Therapies


  • Alternative therapy should be discussed with your current physician.
  • Check with your health insurance company for alternative wellness coverage.
  • Complete a comprehensive list of your existing prescription and non prescription medications.
  • Identify all known allergies.
  • Find out from your medical doctor the upcoming path, and if alternative healing is compatible with the ongoing treatment plan


  • What are the risks associated with this alternative therapy?
  • What benefits can be expected from this alternative therapy?
  • Is this therapy part of a clinical trial?
  • Will the therapy interfere with conventional treatment?
  • Ask basic questions about their credentials and practice.
  • Where did they receive their training?
  • How much will the treatment cost?
  • Will the therapy be covered by health insurance?

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