The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health of the National Institutes of Health just released how people are using integrative products and practices among adults and children! Take a look at some of the highlights:
- More people are practicing yoga.
- More people use complementary medicine (to complement their conventional medical care), not alternative medicine (in lieu of conventional medicine)
- There’s a slight but significant increase in use of Naturopathy, Acupuncture and Homeopathy.
Here’s the full report: here.
I love this report, obviously, as I work with clients using the philosophies and practices of all the modalities of Integrative Medicine. This report is limited to what we, as Americans, are using, but not their effectiveness rates, and that’s what’s importantĀ to me. But I think that report would be difficult to measure, at least with what I’ve seen working with clients.
Each of the modalities is different and unique andĀ all focused on healing the body… so it’s not as much the goal of healing as it’s how each modality approaches health. And the deciding factor of effectiveness has always been how a person experiences their illness or disease. I think of it as a roadmap, we each have our own. We went from Point A (health) to Point Z (ill health) and each took a different road to get there. For some, it was a sharp zig zag of trauma, for others, it was a smooth winding path of deterioration. To heal those sicknesses and diseases, we have to retrace some of our steps going back and specifically healing damage done at certain points in our lives and our bodies.
That’s how Integrative Medicine, all of the modalities together, heal our bodies fully, mind, body, spirit and soul. Physically, biologically, energetically, emotionally. It’s a tall order, but possible. I’ve seen it happen with each of my clients. Interested for yourself? Let me know if I can help.