Doctors are joining their patients in embracing the idea of treating the whole person instead of just the disease. This is known as IM or Integrated Medicine. The doctor-patient relationship works toward the goal of treating the mind, body, and spirit at the same time.
Doctors realize whenever the body is under stress, it reacts. This approach to treatment begins with a relaxed state of body and mind, reducing the likelihood of side effects. Mind-body techniques create a feeling of control over your situation so you can feel more peaceful. These techniques can be as simple as deep breathing, but it can also be yoga or tai chi.
Here is a great chart showing potential benefits and potential risks from some of these alternative therapies. And here is an article giving advice when choosing Integrated Medicine techniques.
Even people who have no chronic illness or condition can benefit from some of these therapies, such as yoga or tai chi, although I can't see a healthy person opting for bee stings.
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