Acupuncture is the practice of inserting very thin metal needles into the skin to stimulate points on the body.
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare or the ACA, is a law intended to reform the health care system and make health insurance more affordable.
Hall Health Center has a number of different clinics, each of which is staffed by a variety of medical providers. These providers, also known as clinicians, have different types of medical degrees.
You may not have considered it, but every time you read health information, from food labels to medical forms, you're exercising your health literacy skills.
Health literacy is the ability to obtain, process, and understand health information needed to make informed health decisions. Health literacy affects your ability to:
Complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) are health care therapies that are not used by practitioners of conventional (Western) medicine. These remedies are sometimes excluded from standard practice due to lack of evidence.
There are several broad categories that CAM fall into. Some can be in more than one of these categories.
Healing systems are both practice and theories to heal the body. These focus on a way of life. Some are based on traditional practices of individual cultures.
The core belief of this philosophy is that when your mind and body are in harmony, you will have better health. Some of these are accepted as standard treatments. Examples of mind and body treatments include:
This includes natural and biological products to promote health. These typically include herbal treatments, special diets, and individual biological treatment.
Important points to consider about biological CAM treatments:
Practitioners promote healing through manipulation and movement of the body.
Practitioners of energy healing believe there are energies that flow in the body or external energy fields. Illness may occur when the body's energy is blocked or out of balance. Each variety of energy therapy has a unique set of beliefs about how to correct this energy.
Before beginning any new therapy, it is important to be well-informed. This is especially important with complementary and alternative medicines. Little is known about many of these treatments, and some can cause adverse side effects.
Most insurance companies cover some of these services, such as acupuncture or visits with a certified naturopath (ND). To find out for sure, you will need to contact your insurance company. Depending on the treatment there may be a minimum number of sessions required to fully benefit from the therapy.
Like any health care practitioner, complementary and alternative medical practitioners should have certification and licenses. Make sure the practitioner you are considering has the proper training. Selecting a CAM provider.
Office of Dietary Supplements (National Institute of Health)
CAM on Pubmed research database (National institute of Health)
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicines (National Institute of Health)
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (Medline Plus National institute for Health)
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Video List (National Institute of Health, Senior Health)
HerbMed (Alternation Medicine Foundation)
Complementary and Alternative Medicine updates (Journal of the American Medical Association)
Authored by: Hall Health Center Health Promotion staff
Reviewed by: Hall Health Center Primary Care Clinic staff (MC), February 2014