Many people swear by alternative and complementary therapies. Find out more about these treatments by taking this quiz.
Complementary and alternative medicine practitioners see the body as responsible for its own healing. Complementary and alternative medicine practitioners try to find the best approaches to support the body in its self-healing. They also see themselves as teachers, instructing you on ways to heal. Docere is a central part of most alternative and complementary practitioners. This term refers to the healer as teacher.
Another complementary and alternative medicine principle is prevention, or doing all you can to keep yourself healthy and avoid illness. This is a principle used by conventional medicine, as well. Some complementary and alternative medicine practitioners believe in various types of balance between forces or energies that are outside of the body to which the body needs to align itself in order to heal. An example of this is acupuncture.