Original article from Bella Spark Magazine
The mind-body connection is a concept upon which the world’s oldest philosophies and practice of medicine were built. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic Medicine are examples. Although conventional medicine was largely developed with a reductionist approach that strictly separated the mind and body, we are becoming increasingly observant that something is missing in our medical services, and are seeking to fill the void in our health care.
The NIH Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine released data in 2008 related to America’s use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Data indicated that four in ten American adults use some form of CAM, and that most of them are highly educated individuals.
What is CAM and IM?
Conventional medicine (commonly referred to as allopathic or “Western” medicine) targets specific diseases and illnesses, and utilizes primarily pharmaceutical and surgical interventions to address patient conditions. The conventional medical model focuses upon the patient’s physical wellbeing as an isolated entity.
Alternative medicine refers to the use of therapies that deviate from those taught in conventional medical schools as a replacement for conventional medicine. Complementary medicine is the use of alternative therapies in addition to conventional medicine. Integrative medicine (IM) is the functional combination of conventional, alternative, and complementary medicine with mental and behavioral healthcare, and targets the health and wellness of an individual’s physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental wellbeing.
What kinds of CAM and IM services are there in Colorado?
In Northern Colorado communities and metro Denver, numerous CAM and IM resources and services are easily available.