Compliments to Your
Using Alternative Medicine
In A Complimentary Fashion
by Joann Flora,
Acupressure, Nutrition Counseling, Qigong
February 04, 2003
Tuesday - 9:15 pm
For many years, any and
all health care delivery systems that were not strict western
medicine were deemed "alternative", meaning, an alternate
to standardized western care. Some of these options made use
of very old methodologies (herbology) or ancient techniques (Traditional
Chinese Medicine). Some were so new that their value had not
yet been determined by mainstream medicine (chiropractic). The
"alternative" label suggested concepts such as 'untrue,
unproven, unfounded, old-wives's tale, folk remedy', and other
perceptions that kept these systems on the perimeter of health
care and out of insurance coverage.
View from the top of
Mahoney taken on January 20, 2003.
Photo by Tarek Wetzel ©2003
As western medicine moved toward
technically more invasive procedures and drugs of greater toxicity,
the general public began to take notice. They wanted more decision
making ability in their own care. They also began to seek out
health care that was more "patient friendly". There
was an increase in the number of health care providers offering
gentler, more natural healing methods. Massage, naturopathy,
homeopathy, Chinese medicine, herbology, nutrition, and other
fields of health service began to grow with the demand and desire
of the public. These days, we have many options for choice of
health care, much to say about how it is conducted, what services
we receive, and which services we will refuse. So now that we
have all this, what do we do with it?
First, it is important to understand what kind of care we
need. Our choices for dealing with trauma, chronic conditions,
or minor impairments will and should be different. Be wary of
any system that says it is the only one you will ever need, that
it can fix everything.
Second, we should be clear
as to which delivery systems offer the best options for our care.
are best treated with drug therapy not aromatherapy. Broken bones
require setting not herbs. A headache can be treated nicely with
acupressure and save the stomach from aspirin damage.
Third, now that we know
the kind of care we need and which options are available to us,
we can arrive at a strategy.
Combining delivery systems in a complimentary fashion is the
direction that health care is headed. Here are some examples
of how this occurs:
MS -Complains of pulsing noise/sensation in his head. It keeps
him up at night and is present constantly. He is examined by
an MD, and has tests that include neurological and MRI studies.
A constricted blood vessel is the diagnosis. It is determined
that the condition is more annoyance than danger; there is no
treatment or cure. The patient begins acupressure sessions that
reduce his anxiety concerning the condition, and aids the circulation
to lessen the pulsing. He rests and feels better.
BK - An elderly woman with congestive heart failure (CHF). She
is hospitalized, stabilized, and treated for CHF. While she is
still in the hospital, she requests and receives acupressure
to balance the energy of her heart and kidneys (responsible for
fluid retention). When stable, she returns home and continues
acupressure sessions for maintenance.
ED - An asthmatic woman on inhalant steroids and bronchodilators.
Exertion brings on asthmatic episodes. She learns Chi-Lel (medical
qigong, similar to Tai Chi) which she uses to dispel the asthma
quickly, without medication. She continues to use medication
for big asthmatic events.
WS - Arthritic man with long term use of medication. He completes
a detoxification program, makes dietary changes to eliminate
substances that aggravate an arthritic condition, and supplements
with liquid calcium that contains all the bone forming minerals,
glucosamine and chondroitin, and MSM. He functions well, no longer
takes pain medications or requires anti-inflammatory medications.
JL - Liver cancer, chemotherapy and radiation have taken their
tole on her. She began a program of macrobiotic foods and medical
qigong to support the invasive therapies and their effects on
her health. In the past 12 months, her tumor marker count has
dropped from the thousands to a mere 300. She feels wonderful
and is active enough to travel.
SP - Rheumatoid arthritis has made hip replacement a necessity.
Following the surgery, she supports her healing with diet, supplementation,
and acupressure. Her recovery time is accelerated and her capacity
for function is high.
TW - Low immune performance has kept this client on flu shots
for several years, and still she became sick when the 'bugs'
came to town. This year, she chose to support her health with
Transfer Factor therapy, a supplemental delivery of concentrated
immune supporting factors. She has forgone the flu shots and
is staying well through the winter.
There is more to tell, but these examples demonstrate the process
of knowing what is needed, what options are available, and making
choices that are complimentary to the health and healing process.
In difficult situations, utilizing systems in a complimentary
fashion allows us to handle very difficult situations in a more
comfortable, less taxing manner. And, many of the complimentary
systems make excellent preventive or maintenance programs. Instead
of waiting to become broken before we can be fixed, we can not
get broken and stay well.
Last, it is important to let the insurance industry know how
we benefit from these complimentary systems. The public must
insist that valuable choices for health care be added to policies.
Insurance companies are slow to move, but are beginning to recognize
that preventive care saves them money in hospitalizations and
surgeries. If you use complimentary care, be vocal about it.
Tell your doctor what you do and how it helps. You can also write
your insurance company; explain your experience and ask them
to consider covering additional services. And, tell your legislator.
Title 21 of the Alaska Insurance statutes mandates the kind of
coverage that insurance companies offer. Changes to Title 21
will come through the legislature. If complimentary care is working
for you and saving you from surgery or reducing your need for
prescription medication, tell them. All of them: doctor, insurance
company, and legislator. It's your health, after all.
E-mail Joann Flora
To Your Health
Joann Flora 2003
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