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Bringing Balance Into Your Life With Complementary Therapies

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If you born before 1929, granny's remedies would have certainly 
come to the rescue in times of illness.  However, since 1929 and 
the discovery of penicillin, the world of antibiotics and Western 
medicine in general, has exploded to the point where sometimes 
the body is not only fighting the illness, but is also fighting 
the cure.

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Bringing Balance Into Your Life With Complementary Therapies
Copyright © 2006 Gaye Mack, MA

If you born before 1929, granny's remedies would have certainly 
come to the rescue in times of illness.  However, since 1929 and 
the discovery of penicillin, the world of antibiotics and Western 
medicine in general, has exploded to the point where sometimes 
the body is not only fighting the illness, but is also fighting 
the cure.  There is no doubt that Western medicine is brilliant 
and much needed, especially in times of crisis and trauma as we 
are currently witnessing every day in the media.  Nevertheless, 
in spite of this brilliance, one of the sacrifices we have made 
in the evolution of medicine is our abdication of personal 
responsibility for our own health and spiritual growth.  All of 
which comes down to a question of balance.

When complementary therapies began to make a comeback in this 
country in the early 1970s, they were often touted as 
'alternative', implying an 'either/or' choice to be made and 
something that only those on the 'fringe' subscribed to.

While some hard-liners continue to stand by this implication, 
the reality is that those therapies considered 'alternative' 
are actually complementary.  Their role is about bringing us 
into balance in mind, body, and spirit, and, they are about 
integrating old world wisdom with new world technology. Whether 
one is exploring the benefits of the therapies found in 
Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Flower 
Essences or the myriad of other complementary therapies 
available, they all have the common thread of empowering the 
individual to participate in their own healing process and 
establishing a reconnection between mind, body and spirit.

There are several common questions that are often asked when one 
is considering these therapies, but the three that arise the most 
frequently are, when should I consider these therapies, which 
therapies should I chose and how do I find a practitioner? 
Typically, complementary therapies can be extremely effective 
when one continues to struggle with chronic conditions such as 
fatigue, allergies, and sometimes depression, just to name a few 
examples.  Often, the individual has been 'everywhere' in search 
of relief, but nothing seems to be working.  It is especially in 
these situations that complementary therapies can set the 
individual onto a new path of relief and wholeness.

Moreover, it is important to understand that therapies such as 
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda are 'complete systems 
of medicine'. Other therapies such as energetic bodywork, flower 
essences, and homeopathy for example, can be called upon as 
adjunct therapies.  Nevertheless, the majority of complementary 
therapies seek to treat the symptoms and to discover the root of 
the problem, while Western medicine frequently just targets 
symptoms.  Once the immediate problem is resolved, the philosophy 
behind these therapies becomes part of an overall change in 
lifestyle, often incorporating exercise, stress reduction 
techniques, and changes in diet. Another advantage of 
complementary therapies is that one can incorporate individual 
elements from various therapies into an overall healing model. 
For example, you may be under the care of a practitioner in 
Traditional Chinese Medicine, and while Yoga is not part of the 
Chinese tradition, there is no reason that you cannot incorporate 
it into your overall model.

This brings us to how does one choose a therapy (or therapies) to 
work with and very importantly, how do you choose a practitioner? 
These considerations are very much about what is working for you 
and what feels 'right'.   Let us suppose that you have done some 
initial reading on the Ayurvedic approach to wellness.  The 
philosophy appeals to you and thus, the next step is to find a 
practitioner.  One of the best ways to do this is by referral and 
checking credentials.  Knowing someone whom you trust and can 
refer you to a practitioner is an excellent place to start. 
However, it is equally important that you thoroughly investigate 
the practitioner's background and credentials. Fortunately, there 
are resources available for this purpose. Forging a relationship 
with such a practitioner is serious business.  It is a 
relationship that is much more than a 15- minute appointment and 
a prescription.

Practitioners in Complementary Medicine are interested in 
developing this relationship with you, knowing that the road to 
balance can be a difficult one.  This process requires attention 
to all levels of our essence and our willingness to participate 
fully in pursuit of this balance. 

Gaye Mack, MA is the author of the new book, Making Complementary
Therapies Work For You available in bookstores and on
For more information go to She is 
listed in Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who's Who in 
America, and Who's Who in American Women. 



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