November 1998 it was reported in the Journal of the American Medical
Association that Americans paid more visits to alternative care
practitioners in the previous year than to their primary care physicians.
Perhaps once considered the faddish refuge of the '60s counterculture,
alternative therapies are today, well, a lot less alternative. Demand
for them is on the increase, and if a shift in nomenclature offers any
further proof, the alternative label is frequently dropped in favor
of the word complementary to describe therapies like acupuncture and
massage and other non-conventional modalities.
this edition of Body & Soul
we take a look at a few examples of where Eastern therapies are meeting
up with Western medical practices to provide patients with the best
of both worlds.
up is a look at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, a 14-site multi-specialty
medical group practice in the Greater Boston area, whose forward looking
administrators created an in-house alternative medicine program that
works side-by-side with its conventional physicians.
Harris talks with cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra, author of Heartbreak
and Heart Disease: A Mind/Body Prescription for Healing the Heart.
"When a doctor or a health professional nurtures a patient's own
healing process, that's when miracles happen," says the physician
who has incorporated alternative therapies into his private practice
for the past two decades.
Body & Soul looks at the ancient
art of touch therapy called Reiki. Reiki dates back 2,500 years and
is gaining wide acceptance as a healing agent that anyone can do.
here to view the previous program