Alternative Medicine – is it true or just a tale?
Who today hasn’t heard of acupuncture, herbalism, homeopathy, clinical hypnosis, Reiki, or massage therapy?
Yet just a few years ago these practices weren’t commonplace at all. In fact, many doctors and medical professionals scoffed at their benefits. How things have changed! Today, many physicians recommend alternative medicine treatments to their patients. Many hospitals and medical centers offer classes in Yoga, Meditation, and biofeedback. Reiki volunteers help patients after big surgical procedures to recover faster and easier.
The fact is there are numerous alternative medical treatments available for the modern health consumer.
These treatments are usually safe, and have fewer side effects than conventional medicines. That isn’t to say that the use of conventional pharmaceuticals and treatments should be avoided. Many doctors advise a balanced approach or a blend of the two modalities.
The rise in alternative medicine has its roots in the counter culture movement of the 1960’s. During that time many westerners were looking into the psycho-spiritual practices of the east for enlightenment. These early pioneers brought back practices like Tai-Chi to the attention of western universities. To the surprise of many researches measurable benefits were seen. Overtime Western physicians began to recommend these treatments to their patients.
A balanced blend of east-west medicinal practices can of great benefit to one’s health.
Acupuncture has been shown to ease stress, lower blood pressure, and even increase fertility! This provides a much needed alternative to those in need. The eastern practice of Yoga has its origins in the Vedic wisdom of India. However, Yoga is believed to have spread its influence to ancient China as well. Yoga seeks to balance the practitioners “Prana” or vital energy. According to Yogic tradition, most of our illnesses have their origins in unbalanced energies. Yoga has proven to be eased hypertension and aid arthritis sufferers. It is not unusual for a physician or nurse practitioner to recommend Yoga as a solution for stress related illnesses.
Russia is definitely ahead of American Medicine when it comes to the common usage of alternative medicine therapies. Russian doctors have recorded and studied the presence of bio-electric auras surrounding the human body. They’ve also experimented with touch healing and the use of crystals to aid in recovery. The research results from their studies have been compelling. While western medicine still scoffs at these more fringe treatments, they are still readily available in most cities.
The main complaint surrounding most alternative therapy practitioners has been the lack of licensing and supervision. Anyone can hang a shingle as a “Holistic Health Specialist” without fear of regulation. This means that those seeking out the assistance of an alternative therapy should choose their practitioner wisely. For example, if choosing an herbalist it may be best to shop around first. Talk to family or friends and see if there is someone they recommend. Many herbs can have dangerous side-effects, just like conventional medicine. An incompetent herbalist can cause serious harm. Your herbalist should be knowledgeable about the correct dose of any herb. Also, check with your physician before taking herbal treatments. They may be aware of any dangerous dosages or drug interactions that could occur.
When choosing to pursue any type of alternative therapy it is important to have your doctor on your side.
An open-minded health care professional can only aid in the process. If your doctor is skeptical about the use of alternative medicine, try to find one who is more willing to work with you. For some serious conditions (such as cancer) it is imperative that you have your Doctor’s support and guidance. Many modern physicians are happy to work with a holistic health expert. Some even have alternative medical practitioners as part of their time.
Hypnotherapists, Acupuncturists, and even Reiki workers are employed by some doctors. There are even dentists who prefer to use a competent Acupuncturist instead of anesthesia.
Victor Tsan, MD, L.Ac, CHP is a medical doctor with extended education and on-hand experience in Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Clinical Hypnosis, and Reiki.
He is founder, owner, and Medical Director of the Viva Healthy Life – The Center for Holistic Medicine located in Northeast of Philadelphia.
His education history is so impressive…
Graduated from State University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Chisinau, Moldova, USSR 1976.
Fellowship in Psychotherapy at 1st Moscow State College of Medicine Moscow, USSR 1978
Fellowship in Homeopathy at Kyiv Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, Kyiv, Ukraine, USSR 1980
Graduated The Graduate School of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences(GSCACMS), Beijing, China 1998.
Fellowship in Weight Loss and Natural Treatment at Saint Carlos Institute Bangkok, Thailand 1997 – 2001
The Mindcare Organization, LTD, Huddersfield, England 2011 – courses in: Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Neurotherapy & Hypnotic Pain Control.
Graduated from American School of Hypnosis, Biddeford, Maine USA 2011
Graduated International Natural Healers Association, North Wales, PA 2012 – Reiki Master
Degrees: Master Degree in Internal Medicine.
Developer of Stomach Mind Band procedure.
Lifetime Honorable Member of the Saint Carlos Institute Bangkok, Thailand.
Lifetime Member of the Royal Institute of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy, London, England.
Honorable Member of the Association of Complete Mind Therapists, Brussel, Belgium.
Member of the American International Hypnosis Association.
Member of the National Guild of Hypnotists.
Certified by GUNA-BIOTHERAPY, Milano, Italy.
He employs licensed acupuncturist Olga Selcova, MD, L.Ac who graduated WON Institute of Chinese Medicine in Glenside, Pennsylvania as well as a Algimantis Kazakevichus – licensed massage therapist and Reiki healer.
Also Victor Tsan, MD who started his medical practice as OB GYN has more than 30 years of experience in treatment of different fertility disorders using acupuncture and homeopathy.
When all is said and done the final power of your healthcare lies in your hands.
After all, it is your body, your health, and your life. Be an active participant in your care and treatment. Remember, these are vital decisions that you are making. While your doctor or health care team can make recommendations, the power of choice is yours. With the wide-range of choices out there, this is good news.