I started the Healing Entrepreneur to help healers gain a more credible and professional position in the medicine market. The initial thought was just Alternative healing BUT a dear friend recommended we look at Complimentary as well and that felt so right!
Defining Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine
Per Merck Manual
Complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine are terms often used interchangeably, but their meanings are different.
Complementary medicine refers to non-mainstream practices used together with conventional medicine.
Alternative medicine refers to non-mainstream practices used instead of conventional medicine.
Integrative medicine is health care that uses all appropriate therapeutic approaches—conventional and non-mainstream—within a framework that focuses on health, the therapeutic relationship, and the whole person.
What Better Way for Inspired Healers to Change the World
Many doctors offer healing that is direct and impactful through surgery, drugs and may advise you to cut down on sugar, alcohol or just plain overeating, increase your exercise, and reduce your stress. For some of us, that is just the beginning! We still don’t feel like we are fully alive, living to our greatest potential.
Western Medicine is the beginning for many people who want better health, more energy, greater vitality, and happiness! Complimentary and Alternative medicine & healing may be just the right tool to propel individuals in achieving their top health & wellness goals!
How do healers start to gain credibility and professional status? The integration has already started! Yale, Duke, John Hopkins and University of Florida Hospitals are moving to support their patients in alternative healing. Stat News states that the Alternative Medicine market is a $37 Billion market with no question that Americans want this type of medicine.
Except from Stat News:
“Yes, as scientists, we want to be rigid. But me, as a physician, I want to find what’s best for a patient. Who am I to say that’s hogwash?” said Dr. Linda Lee.
A gastroenterologist, Lee runs the Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center, which offers acupuncture, massage therapy, and reiki — a therapy that the center’s website describes as laying on hands “to transmit Universal Life Energy” to the patient.