Complementary Medicine is Going Mainstream

These days, more and more of us are exploring alternative treatments. And so are the region’s major healthcare systems. Each has incorporated alternative therapies into oncology, pain management, addiction recovery and other programs in an effort to enhance, not replace, Western medicine.

This new and still-evolving field has been dubbed “complementary medicine”, says Tom Cain, the president of Mirmont Treatment Center and Behavioral Health Services for Main Line Health. Western medicine tries to fix what is broken.

“Eastern medicine, on the other hand, looks at the functioning of the entire body—not simply the parts that are malfunctioning. Nor does it rely solely on prescription drugs. That’s how a lot of people end up in Mirmont. Addiction to opiates, in particular, is rampant in this country.”

At Mirmont, the staff teaches patients to use Reiki, acupuncture and other therapies to treat both physical and psychological pain. Read full article.

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