- Some people are resistant to hypnosis
- Acupuncture doesn’t hurt
- Most alternative techniques have very little risk because they rarely cause adverse effects when performed properly
- Tai chi can help joints damaged by rheumatoid arthritis
- Unconventional cancer treatment methods, such as mind-body methods, massage therapy, and acupuncture, are generally safe to use in conjunction with standard cancer care treatments
- Cognitive therapy can help prevent relapse of depression
Spinal manipulation is no better than acupuncture, yoga, mind-body methods, and message for low-back pain
- Mind-body therapies are useful for chronic illness and for reducing the pain and recovery time of surgery
- If a patient’s doctor persistently disparages alternative treatment despite the patient’s efforts to discuss them and despite providing supporting evidence, the patient should consider seeking a different doctor.
See the PBS documentary “The New Medicine” for more about the value of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM).
Being trained as a clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive therapy, and having studied the mind-body connection for many years, I’ve been aware of the value of certain types of CAM therapies. Around 10 years ago, I attempted to promote the idea of “biopsychosocial healthcare” with little success, and I confronted extreme resistance from my mental health colleagues.
Have things changed enough in the past ten years to make CAM and well-care more accepted by mainstream medicine?
Wow, I think most people realize that there is a connection between the mind and body but we still have a tendency to ignore the results gained from alternative therapies that work to balance the body or help to treat both mind and body. I've got a blog on Marine Plasma and seawater therapy and am surprised at how little research is available on the subject.
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