National Centre For Integrative Medicine

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In essence, Western medicine tries to find what is physically wrong in the body, and fix it. It has taken a bit longer to catch on in the West because Western medicine developed down a slightly different path, starting with Hippocrates, and later Pedanius Dioscorides and Galen. Hippocrates and Galen based their work on the theory of the four humours , the balance of which controlled the wellbeing of the patient. Prescription fees enable our qualified doctors to issue you a prescription for your medication, just like if you visit your local pharmacy.

People are leading busy lives with little spare time, many consuming pre-prepared and processed foods and stress levels are rising higher than ever. All these factors become daily stressors to our bodies and minds and they are jolted far from their natural balance, becoming more susceptible to infection and disease. Hippocrates, the founding father of modern medicine whose name gives rise to the Hippocratic oath that all doctors undertake, believed that illness arose when a variety of elements in the body were out of balance. Practical assessment of alternative therapies needs to be considered from both medical and Christian perspectives, applying checklists to each therapy. Therapies such as acupuncture, yoga, reflexology and homeopathy, which have roots in either Eastern religion or in the concept of vital life force or energy. This is the largest group, often having New Age associations and therefore needing careful investigation from a Christian perspective.

Cerebrovascular accidents and neurological damage have been recorded following chiropractic and other manipulative therapies. Whilst these complications may be uncommon, a particularly worrying aspect is possible delay or incorrect diagnosis, especially if serious organic disease is missed and conventional treatment delayed. Guide states, ‘Complementary medicine can be extremely harmful if used as a substitute for proper diagnosis and treatment’.

Lots of Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese remedies are intended to keep you healthy, rather than cure a disease. The Friends Action Group is an informal committee of volunteers that plans NCIM’s programme of wellbeing events to promote Integrative Healthcare and raise money for NCIM’s Access Fund and community outreach programmes. This six week online evening course aims to help you to understand what sleep is and what it does for us, and how to improve the quality of the sleep you are getting.

However, issues start to arise when is conflated with alternative medicine. For instance, Ayurveda – an ancient Indian healthcare system – has always advocated for a holistic approach including a healthy balanced diet and psychological wellbeing. However, as the names suggest, ‘complementary’ medicine aims to sit alongside mainstream health treatments.

The vast majority of respondents (95.6%) used a combination of mainstream and alternative therapies. Dr. John Moran, based in the UK, has been treating patient’s holistically for the last 35 years. He is a GMC registered Doctor of Medicine and offers advice on health problems. He believes in a holistic approach which means he looks at everything that might affect your health and combines that with the best of mainstream medicine and preventive functional medicine. You can think of complementary, alternative and integrative medicines as techniques, while holistic medicine is an overall approach. It differs from clinical medicine as this tends to focus on one particular problem, or disease, at a time.