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Roberta Reynolds, a Connecticut restaurant manager, admits she was skeptical about alternative medicine before her father, who had already undergone two brain surgeries for neuralgia, turned to acupuncture as a last resort. After three acupuncture therapies, she says, her father's symptoms were relieved. Then, in 1995, Reynolds underwent cancer surgery, but says her symptoms returned shortly thereafter. "It was obvious my body was fighting something," she says, adding that her doctors couldn't provide answers. "In their eyes they had gotten it all," she says. But as her fatigue and pain continued, Reynolds turned to an acupuncturist who prescribed regular visits along with twice daily doses of essiac tea, a popular alternative cancer treatment, to "heal" her body.
"Fear and lack of faith in conventional medicine is what drove me to alternative medicine," says Reynolds. In July 1996, and for the first time since surgery, Reynolds' tests came back negative, showing no signs of cancer.
What is "Alternative" Medicine?
Alternative medicine, the umbrella classification for treatments such as chiropractic, aromatherapy, homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture and herbology, relies on preventive and holistic measures to heal the body. Alternative medical practices use a "down to Earth" approach that combines a variety of "building up" and support techniques for the body's natural immune system.
"The mass consciousness of the people is changing and moving to natural healing," says Marijah McCain, founder of the Herbal Healer Academy in Arizona. "Most doctors don't understand the basic premise that the body is holistic," she says, asserting that modern medicine 'poisons' the body, instead of cleansing and balancing its natural healing systems.
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Article originally published in E/The Environmental Magazine
By Anne W. Wilke
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