What is complementary and alternative medicine?
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is available at Aether Medicine for patients looking for a different medical perspective other than traditional medical treatment. Our board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, Dr. Asare Christian, has a diverse group of CAM patients. At Aether Medicine, we are here to serve you. Dr. Christian is committed to finding alternative solutions when mainstream medicine has not been effective or has too many side effects. He will take the least invasive approach when it is possible. If you need him to work with your primary care physician or specialist, Dr. Christian will initiate collaboration to give you the best wraparound care. He implements complementary and alternative medicine for conditions, such as:
- Acute and chronic illnesses
- Pain issues
- Sports traumas
- Traumatic injuries
What are the benefits of CAM?
Chronic pain and some health conditions can be debilitating. You may feel like you have no other options but to take medications with harmful side effects. Surgery may be an option, but it is not without risks. Complementary and alternative medicine may ease your symptoms while reducing the risks associated with prescription drugs and invasive procedures. Aether Medicine is proud to provide a wide range of solutions that work with your body to promote natural healing.
Complementary Alt. Medicine Reviews
"Extraordinary. Brilliant. Innovative. Compassionate. He changed my life! Chronic cervical pain brought me to Dr. Asare B. Christian. For years doctors/surgeons restricted my movement and wrote pain prescriptions. I challenged Dr. Christian to help me eliminate the prescriptions (morphine), build the physical/mental strength to minimize the pain and live an active life. He became my partner on an amazing journey. We put together a plan for my recovery. He educated and encouraged me. He listened to my personal goals and got to know my family. He provided the latest practices and resources so I could accomplish what all the other doctors said was impossible. Dr. Christian’s staff at Good Shephard are smart, dedicated, efficient, customer-centric professionals who treat each patient with warmth and kindness. I walk five miles every day. I dance, exercise, garden, do all the things I was told I should never do. He is, quite simply, remarkable."- A.F. / Google / May 02, 2021
Who is a candidate for complementary alternative medicine?
Candidates for complementary and alternative medicine may be looking for alternative methods of treatment for a variety of conditions. CAM treatments are customized for each specific patient in order to provide the best possible outcome. By looking at your complete health, Dr. Christian can identify treatments that will benefit you. CAM treatment is also a great option for patients not wanting to experience the side effects associated with more traditional and mainstream medicine. During a thorough evaluation and consultation at our Wayne, PA facility, Dr. Christian will be able to identify if and what CAM treatments are right for you.
What to Expect In Treatment
Not every patient can withstand a "one-size-fits-all" approach to treatment, especially when it comes to dosage and modality. At Aether Medicine, we believe your healthcare should be personalized and add to your overall well-being. You can expect Dr. Christian to customize your improved or enhanced treatment. During your consultation, he will take the time to get to know you. He needs the whole picture of your health. He will ask about your medical history, current medications, treatments that worked or missed the mark, how you feel about your therapy, and more. Dr. Christian will also assess you with a physical exam and order diagnostic tests as needed. Once he has procured the details needed, then he will make suggestions for your treatment. He may offer CAM treatments, like:
- Medical cannabis certification and titration (dosing)
- Nutraceuticals for osteoarthritis
- Neuropathy pain therapies
- Headaches and chronic migraine injectable treatments
- Meditation and mindfulness for well-being
- Medical-grade anti-aging products
What Should I Expect Following CAM Treatments?
The results you can expect after undergoing complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments with Dr. Christian at Aether Medicine can vary greatly depending on various factors, including the specific treatment modality, the condition being treated, and your response to the treatment. After all, much of the benefit of complementary and alternative medicine lies in its customized treatments for each and every patient. Many of our patients report experiencing the following outcomes:
- Symptom relief, including decreased pain
- Improved quality of life and a more youthful feeling
- Increased self-empowerment
- Integration with traditional medicine
Complementary and Alternative Medicine FAQs
Does complementary and alternative medicine work?
Proponents and patients of complementary and alternative medicine strongly affirm the effectiveness of these therapies to treat a wide variety of health conditions. They point to several studies that showed the effectiveness of specific alternative treatments.
What are some examples of complementary and alternative medicine?
There are a wide variety of treatments and regimens that fall under the complementary and alternative medicine umbrella. These often include:
- Chiropractic and osteopathic medicine
- Body movement therapies
- Medical cannabis
- Anti-aging therapies
- Meditation and mindfulness practices
- And more
Is yoga considered a complementary and alternative medicine?
More and more physicians are recognizing the benefits of yoga practice and its value in complementary and alternative medicine. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health published a survey that found yoga is one of the most frequently used CAM modalities in the U.S. Yoga is widely known to aid in stress reduction, increase mobility, strengthen muscles, and improve emotional health.
Does insurance cover complementary and alternative medicine?
You will have to consult with your provider, but many insurance providers, including Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield, have started covering complementary and alternative medicine therapies.
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Let's investigate at Aether Medicine how we can supplement or make changes in your treatment so you can feel better faster. Even small modifications may make a big difference in your everyday life. With complementary and alternative medicine, you may need a range of services to get the care you need. We have a straightforward fee schedule and several payment options at Aether Medicine. You can trust Dr. Christian to lead you in making life-changing healthcare decisions. Call for an appointment today.