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Alternative medicine meets conventional (or Western, as it’s sometimes called) in supportive new ways here in Raleigh. The Raleigh health care community is a thriving one. Several factors have contributed to this evolution of Raleigh health care.
The surge of interest in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) over the past decade is apparent from the increased use by patients, the inception of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), and the increase in physician education and research focused on these therapies. Multiple studies have documented that 21 to 50 percent of patients making office visits to family physicians have used or are currently using alternative therapies.
The alternative community is a diverse and with many different takes on energy medicine, massage, chiropractic and acupuncture clinics and practices. But as these therapies gain popular support and research proves them effective, alternative therapies are morphing into so-called “complementary” medicine, working side by side with our conventional medical community.
Some years ago a statement was added to existing NC law to prevent license revocation for doctors practicing experimental alternative techniques unless these techniques are proven unsafe, thus allowing more freedom for physicians to practice what they feel is best for their patients. This ushered in “integrated medicine,” a philosophy of treatment that uses the traditional (drugs, surgery) in conjunction with 'natural' treatments such as herbal healing, massage, acupuncture, energy work, and dietary therapy. Practitioners of integrative medicine have a background in conventional medicine (most being licensed physicians or nurses) but have chosen to receive additional training in alternative therapies.
Lastly, there is an increase in self-empowered therapies and coaching to get at root causes of troublesome issues by working with mind, body and spirit. Many alternative health care systems aid patients to take control of their own health.
Even the health insurance companies are getting on the bandwagon, as they offer support for more proactive health care. Insurance coverage are beginning to acknowledge and cover some alternative health care. It is uncertain though if the rates and quotes of these companies can be analyzed through online resources such as advantage one or anything similar. Despite this predicament, such phenomenon can be considered as a breakthrough in both the medical and alternative fields. Chiropractic has become an established benefit. Massage therapy and acupuncture are beginning to win acceptance as well. Both are sometimes covered by insurance. Read more about getting health insurance coverage for alternative medicine.
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