Alternative medicine, which includes myriad alternative therapies, is a healthcare approach that is outside of conventional Western medicine. If used alongside conventional medicine, the terms complementary therapies/complementary medicine are used instead. Integrative medicine and functional medicine are additional terms that refer to a healthcare approach that purposely coordinates conventional and alternative modalities to look for and to treat the root cause of a health issue. Integrative medicine takes a holistic approach and look at the whole person for healing: the physical, mental, emotional, energetic, spiritual & social.
Qest4 Scan results often include suggestions for one or more of these therapies.
Some of the more common types of alternative therapies are:
Acupressure, acupuncture & traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)
Biofeedback and bioimpedance (Qest4 falls into this category)
Chiropractic & osteopathic manipulation
Energy therapies such as: magnetic field therapy, Reiki, therapeutic healing touch, Theta healing
Movement modalities such as: Yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi
Natural products including: herbs/botanicals, vitamins & minerals, probiotics & other supplements
Nutrition & diet
Massage & reflexology
Meditation & relaxation techniques including: breathing exercises, guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation
The practices of traditional healers/Shamans
Utilizing some of these modalities can be very beneficial, and the use of complementary and alternative medicine is common & ever on the increase. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health reports that about 1 in 4 US adults currently use alternative medicine. They also report that its usage is higher among women and among those with higher levels of education. When you know better, you do better!