Natural medicine, also known as alternative or complementary medicine, is a group of healthcare systems, practices and products that are not part of conventional medicine. At its highest level it delivers wellness care—an integrated approach to the body that incorporates therapeutic treatment, lifestyle change and education.
There are four branches of natural medicine, although most of the natural therapies fit into more than one category. Some are based on a structural approach, such as chiropractic and osteopathy. Other systems, such as diet, naturopathy and herbalism, use natural products and dietary changes to alter the physiology of the body, while still others work on the body energetics; for example, homeopathy and acupuncture. And finally, practices such as yoga, meditation and hypnosis are primarily focused on relaxing the mind and connecting it with the physical body.
Millions of people all around the world are turning to natural medicine because it offers a safer, yet effective, alternative to conventional drugs and surgery. Perhaps the most important aspect of natural medicine is the fact that it uncovers your own healing potential, rather than just suppressing your symptoms.
Dr Marcus Chacos
Chiropractor and Founder of the Natural Treatment of Arthritis Institute
Author of The Arthritis Soluiton