What is Complementary Medicine?


Because of the wide range of diverse medical and health care systems, defining complementary medicine is a difficult task. However according to the National Health Interview survey almost 38 percent of Americans use some sort of variation of complementary medicine.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine defines complementary medicine as a group of products, health care systems, and practices that are generally not considered as part of the traditional or conventional medicine. Traditional medicine is said to be practiced by a medical doctor (a M.D.), a doctor of osteopathic medicine (a D.O.), or by a practitioner of allied health such as a psychologist, physical therapist, or registered nurse.  Complementary medicine refers primarily to the use of non-traditional practices or methodology in conjunction with traditional medicine.

The National Center for Complementary Medicine defines four primary types of complementary medicine, such as natural products, mind and body medicine, manipulative and body based practices, and others.

Natural products consists of the use of vitamins, minerals, and other dietary supplements to increase general wellness by meeting minimum daily nutritional requirements.

Mind and body medicine generally promotes the use of techniques that focuses on the patient’s mind, body, and behavior. These techniques promote calmness and relaxation; reducing stress and improving psychological conditions.  Yoga, acupuncture, and acupressure are popular types of mind and body practices.

Manipulative body based practices focuses on the manual manipulation of bones, joints, and soft tissue to improve flow in the circulatory and lymphatic system. Practitioners such as chiropractors, physical therapists use their hands to apply a controlled force to the spine. Chiropractic medicine has been known to alleviate lower back pain, and improve overall physical function and increase general wellness.

Other types of complementary medicine include behavioral therapy, and eastern medicine modalities such as Reiki therapy. These therapy options help to improve a patient’s psychological condition, promoting peace and reducing stress, thus helping to improve healing.

MALO Health & Wellness Center, located in Rutherford, New Jersey, comprises of both traditional and complementary medicine practices in a single convenient and comfortable location. The center was created adapting the European model focusing on preventative care. Patients at MALO are able to work with complementary medicine practitioners, such reiki & chiropractic practitioners, nutritional counselors, and behavioral therapists, under the guidance of their traditional medicine specialist, thereby creating a treatment plan for the patient that is comprehensive, and more effective that any single method alone.

At MALO, patients have access to traditional medicine specialists, and complementary medicine specialists, such as chiropractics, reiki & acupressure, nutritional counseling, as well as access to a compounding pharmacy that creates custom pharmaceutical that is tailor made for your unique needs.

For more information about complementary medicine visit the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine website by clicking here.

For more information about MALO Health & Wellness Center of New Jersey please call us toll free at 1-855-321-6249.

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