Medicines were always in medicine or in surgery. It was supported by a parallel system that was independent and complementary known as Alternative Medicine. However, the two were not destined to meet until recently.
Medicine grew out of a system of clinical testing, of surveys, scans, medical records, experiments and data. These have passed rigorous approval tests for licensed boards. The system boasted rights in terms of methodology, license, discipline and effectiveness. Alternative medicine was in systems of natural wellness, based on drug-free, non-invasive techniques. The mastery and skill of the practice came from classic ancient texts or new scientific discoveries with manual controls. Popular traditions of acupuncture, shiatsu, ayurveda, yoga and aromatherapy, homeopathy fell under this broad umbrella category of ancient practices and traditions.
Alternative medicine came under technical license and statute from the World Health Organization that demystified the ancient systems and folklore. The standardization of acupuncture points in acupuncture practice among all countries, boards, colleges and practitioners became clear and uniform in technical description. There were energetic secret practices involved, supplemented by martial arts such as chi gong, tai-chi, ki aikido and others, which were not mentioned. The fact that the healing arts were essentially energetic meant that the skills acquired by the practitioner were relative to the development and cultivation of an energetic internal space.
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The World Health Organization addressed issues of nomenclature and technical description in some preferred ancient scripture-based therapies. Indian Head Massage is an example of a popular science based on classification of marma points and Ayurvedic massage techniques, ranked according to an international qualification for practice. This science is well described by the National Occupational Standards technical competency lists for applied use. Some other new systems have emerged based on public demand that are complementary practices to medicine. These include popular manual therapies such as sports massage, lymphatic drainage massage, myofascial relaxation, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular therapy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, structural integration and many more. Formalization of these sciences has taken place in clinical and scientific practice. Competent reviewers and regulators in several countries have validated some of these disciplines as pure or integrated alternative medicine, and have managed to manifest the industry in a parallel but complementary field.
The formalization of alternative medicine became more important as modern modalities and technologies became rooted in ancient systems. Light therapies and low-level laser became an option for acupuncture where needles were not appropriate. Whole-body biofeedback machines, such as Medilab’s Beautytech, are based on galvanic induction and acupoint biomodulation via acupuncture meridians and lymphatic pathways.
Innovation in alternative medicine is based on the formal understanding of natural processes that have benefited people for centuries.
Low-level laser was able to take the acupuncture phenomenon to the next level with the discovery of the genetic potential of blood acupuncture with blood laser irradiation through the vein. Additional treatments with chlorophyll and photosensitizers support the reversal of tissue death as in the case of malignancies. The advantage of modern scientific discoveries in alternative medicine is that treatment protocols have full controls and results, and the mystical human energetic practice is separate from therapy.
The UK Crown encouraged doctors to embrace the alternative medicine industry and endorse its practices for better wellbeing support. This was initially met with resistance and suspicion between the two streams remained. However, physicians themselves have been incorporating medical acupuncture into their practice through approved seminars in recent times, and have grown to appreciate the therapeutic value of standardized systems.
As industry vectors grow in the ecosystems, sciences and preferences seem to merge. The differences are smaller and disciplines find consensus. The outlook looks promising and the recovery is in full swing.