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OBS (Organic Brain Syndrome)

The use of complementary medicine is more popular than ever in the U.S. More and more people are realizing the power of natural sources for remedying and preventing common physical and mental health problems. Because many traditional medical specialists and patients are becoming more familiar with the benefits of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), they are using them with greater frequency in combination with traditional medical treatments. There are many different types of CAM treatments and therapies. Examples include:

  • Prayer/Meditation
  • Acupuncture
  • Ayurveda
  • Homeopathic treatment
  • Hypnosis
  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Tai chi
  • Yoga
  • Herbal supplementation
  • Chiropractic
  • Massage
  • Music therapy

Did you know…

that nutritional and herbal therapies have been used for health and healing in Eastern medicine since ancient times? Today, many of the world’s most exclusive nutrients and herbs are available to the public and easily found on the shelves of health food stores. But with so many different supplements available, it is important to take them under the supervision of a qualified health care practitioner who can help you achieve your health goals and ensure safety while taking them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Could I benefit from seeing a complementary and alternative medicine specialist?

CAM therapies offer many biological and mental benefits. Most of them are considered safe under the instruction or care of an experienced health professional. Research is ongoing into the efficacy of various treatments, but current findings in many types of CAM treatments have supported theories that CAM can provide significant health benefits. Depending on the type of therapy or alternative medicine you pursue, you could experience a reduction in chronic pain, improved cardiovascular health, better joint health, increased energy, or heightened mental acuity.

What should I expect when consulting with a integrative medicine specialist?

If you see a CAM specialist, you may be asked many of the same questions that a traditional doctor would ask. Your family history, physical symptoms and overall health all play a role in the determining which types of therapy or treatments could be right for you. But you can be sure that your integrative medicine specialist will work with you using the most conservative and natural methods possible.

How will complementary and alternative therapies integrate into my lifestyle?

If you decide that complementary and alternative medicine is right for you, there are many ways of incorporating it into your lifestyle. Some people choose to use therapies selectively and as a supplement to medical treatments, whereas others practice them as an ongoing method of preventive care and health maintenance. Some even choose to practice a single system of alternative medicine, such as naturopathy, independently of all other forms of medicine.