Alternative, Complementary, Naturopathic, Conventional or Integrative Medicine?

Natural MedicineYou’ve seen the commercials about yogurt with added probiotics, maybe drinking a protein shake with added good bacterias and digestive enzymes.  How about that cup of herbal tea or eucalyptus for that cold? Have you browsed the herbal remedy section at your local health food store, looking for something natural to cure what you have? Chances are you might already know what Complementary and Alternative Medicine is all about then!

The National Institutes of Health  defines CAM as:

“a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered to be part of conventional medicine. While scientific evidence exists regarding some CAM therapies, for most there are key questions that are yet to be answered through well-designed scientific studies—questions such as whether these therapies are safe and whether they work for the purposes for which they are used.”

Complementary Medicine ~ non-conventional treatments that are added to mainstream medical treatments.

Alternative Medicine ~ therapies used instead of mainstream medical therapies.

Integrative Medicine ~ a combination of Alternative and Conventional treatments.

More and more individuals are seeking different approaches to health, wellness and medical treatments. There is an increasing interest in all things natural, which include Alternative, Complementary and Integrative Medicine therapies. Health and wellness are hot topics among middle agers. We are always chatting and comparing notes of who is getting positive results, from what and from where. We are also very focused on nontoxic ingredients as we try to manage living out our latter years in a robust and extended fashion (ie. lookin’and feelin’ good for a long, long time!). The younger set are also eating healthier, more natural, using natural supplements as first choice, opting for a healthier lifestyle for themselves and their young families.

As a “show me the science” nurse for years, I have become open to alternative remedies after doctors have  handed me prescriptions that worked for the majority of patients with my problem, but the “one pill fits all” didn’t for me. This lead me to start looking for other solutions, start using more natural products and purchase supplements that maintain my health and wellness.

With nearly 40% 0f US adults reporting using Complementary and Alternative Medicine treatments, we need to learn what they are, what they are believed to do and how they can be used to bring about overall health and wellness. Such CAM treatments as Homeopathic and Naturopathic Medicine, traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, meditation, prayer, yoga, art, music, dance, drumming, tapping, chiropractic manipulations, massage, acupuncture, Reiki, therapeutic touch, and magnetic therapy are some of the options people are seeking to find relief for pain, relax their bodies or treat a condition.

While we seek the answers to what ails us, and how to stay healthy throughout our lives, we should be cautious to only take advice and recommendations from reputable centers of practice, and from certified practitioners. A good mix of Conventional and Alternative Medicines seems to be gaining popularity.  While this post is not intended to be medical advice, I recommend you do your homework before you drink that herbal concoction, or pop that supplement, making sure that it does not interfere with your medicines or treatments that you are already taking. Speak to your doctors and work together to create a treatment plan that meets your health needs, and fits your lifestyle goals. Many Conventional Practitioners are knowledgeable of, and open to Complementary and Alternative forms of treatment.

When you take care of the “inside”, I think you will see a healthier “outside”. Along with the more natural approach to health, you must also care of your skin with healthy ingredients. Your skin care is something you do not need a doctor’s order for! You can begin with clean, natural and nontoxic skin care today! Apriori Beauty offers products that are so safe, we have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics at  When I looked at the supplements that were recently prescribed by an Alternative Medicine Doctor to someone I know, many of the ingredients were also found in Apriori Beauty products! Just what the doctor ordered!!

Now you can have it all, when it comes to Beauty from the Inside Out to the Outside In!

Thanks for stopping by and “Making My Life Beautiful!”

XO Candy


PS: The information presented above is not medical or nursing advice, and is not intended as such. Please do your own homework, find practitioners that are certified in their field of practice and work together with them to come up with a treatment plan that is safe and effective for you!

About Candace

Candy Dye is a Nurse Practitioner and teacher that loves everything about health, wellness, looking beautiful, and being with people who enjoy life and love to have fun!

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