Do you feel these practitioners are adequately trained?
Are you concerned that they are not bound by the same regulations your profession is?
I invite you to also come help build this bridge....
Building Bridges where possible between Modern Medicine and the Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) or Integrative Medicine (IM) Practitioner.
In our rapid high tech world, our clients/medical patients feel like just a number, sometimes just a cog in the medical machinery. Our medical colleagues know this and feel changes must be made to the 'system'. Clients/patients seek out CAM practitioners because they want to be listened too and valued as human beings. They are driving the change being made to the 'system' and are doing it with their dollars, time and energy. These seekers of better healthcare are reading books, talking with friends and family, and looking on the Internet. One of the big questions: Is the information verifiable, does it stand up to intense scrutiny? Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't.
This is the issue with Complementary and Alternative Therapies at the moment. Not all therapies fit into the existing medical model of - double blind, placebo controlled research. The current technology in modern science doesn't have the sensitive diagnostic tools needed to measure the effects of CAM therapies. Therein, lies the problem - without scientific proof the medical profession is sceptical.
Our clients on the other hand are not waiting for scientific proof they are using the time honoured tradition of anecdotal evidence. They are asking their neighbours, family and friends for advice or they may turn to books and the internet or even TV programs. This is a reflection of how badly our clients/medical patients are looking for a different way to look after their health.
As CAM Therapists or Integrative Medicine practitioners we need to become more accountable to our clients and address some of the concerns the medical community has about us. Only in this way can we truly become partners or part of the 'health care team'.
Some of the current CAM therapies are self-regulated meaning that the practitioner is accountable to the governing body of their therapy. We are familiar with the formal regulations covering fellow CAM practitioners; Chiropractors and Massage Therapists. But not all CAM therapies have organizing and regulating bodies; and that can make it confusing not only for the client but the medical community too. The question is then raised 'Who will standardize the various CAM therapies?' Some of the practitioners want to keep the status quo (no regulations) while other practitioners welcome them. In my view it would be better for the practitioners involved in that therapy/modality to create their own guidelines as opposed to having an external body who know nothing about that modality impose regulations.
This may be an onerous task due to the many different styles or types of therapy practised. For instance, everyone is familiar with Yoga however there are many different types: Hatha, Raja, Kundalini, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Bikram and many more. We have to look at the common bonds we share and then create guidelines or regulations from the ground up. The same could be said for all the various types of CAM Therapies.
While the Integrative Healing with Reiki may not be all things to all people I would like to offer a starting point for CAM practitioners to become more professional and address some of the concerns the medical community has about us.
The next couple of years are going to be interesting in the Complementary/Alternative/Integrative Therapies field, let's hope practitioners are ready. Take good care, Lorinda
Disclaimer: The remedies and therapies suggested in this website are not intended to replace existing medical treatment, or to provide a diagnosis. Please consult with your Health Care Provider before using any Complementary Therapy.