Health: Complementary has evolved into integrative

April 13, 2011

To Your Health!

By Richard S. Gubbe

The word “complementary” means combining two or more different things in such a way as to enhance or emphasize each other’s qualities. In terms of complementary medicine, the term is a better description of what now-credible modalities have to offer in the health care world.

Massage, Reiki, reflexology, acupressure and acupuncture, and in some instances, aromatherapy, herbal remedies and essential oils, are now considered complementary to a physician’s care.

The first contributions of the aforementioned complementary therapies were found in the “alternative” world, which, thankfully, has gone through an evolution into the complementary era. This evolution includes formidable modalities into a bigger and better domain—integrative medicine. This is a realm where no treatment is a last alternative.

Integrative medicine specialists hold medical degrees and can provide a tailored treatment program to one’s individual needs. When these complementary modalities become part of the standard of care of a hospitalized patient or those suffering from a devastating illness, better results ensue.

This same let’s-all-contribute attitude has been effective in Mexico, Germany, Australia and England, to name a few. In England, Reiki is now part of the standard of care in their national health care coverage in every district. What a concept.

The integrative approach involving the potentially useful qualities of Western and Eastern referrals combined into a comprehensive plan of treatment. Whatever works and “do no harm” can coincide in the same universe.

The federal government and numerous other entities use the CAM acronym of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The term is often found in grants for research. To research grants about CAM modalities, go to www.clinicaltrials.gov and use a keyword of a modality such as Reiki.

To experience firsthand, the Holistic Health Services department at SwedishAmerican Hospital offers numerous modalities as part of their care. Reportedly, more than 100 hospitals use this philosophy in various departments. The Caring Place cancer treatment center in Las Vegas offers complementary services, and all are free. A prescription is needed for massage only.

Having these modalities covered by insurance is the next frontier.

Health fairs even support the convergence of East and West. Reiki Energy International had its first such event last July and featured 65 vendors and 450 curious onlookers interested in better health, no matter what. Janet Wattles held a similar fair last October.

Reiki Energy International will hold its second annual REI Health Fair & Expo at the Clock Tower Resort from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, July 9. The free expo features heath-conscious exhibitors showcasing services and products along with free symposiums on current health issues. Vendor fees for businesses start at $50. For vendor applications, visit www.reikienergyinternational.org.

You’re Invited: The public is invited to attend an Open House held by Reiki Energy International from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, April 21, at Community of Christ Church, 6103 Forest Hills Road in Rockford.

The informational and social gathering will explain and demonstrate the group’s focus of “Advancing the Use of Reiki Energy Healing” and will include free treatments. Light snacks and soft drinks will be provided.

Richard Gubbe is an award-winning journalist, public relations specialist and Reiki Master Teacher. He is a longtime Rockford resident who has taught at Rock Valley College since 2003.

From the April 13-19, 2011 issue

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