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. They try to find the best methods to support the body in its self-healing. Docere is a main part of alternative and complementary medicine. It means doctor as teacher. Doctors see themselves as teachers. They instruct their patients in the ways of health and wellness and should also be examples themselves.
Another principle of both of these kinds of medicine is prevention. This means doing all you can to keep yourself healthy and not get ill. This is a principle also used in conventional medicine. Some complementary and alternative medicine practitioners believe in different types of balance between forces or energies. The body needs to balance these forces or energies in order to heal. An example of this is acupuncture. Acupuncture is a type of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It uses very thin needles put into the skin at certain points on the body for a short period of time. These points run along "meridians" and correspond to different health concerns and conditions.