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Frequently Asked Questions


Q:  What is the difference between complementary and alternative medicine?

A:  Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) are medicine outside of drugs or surgery.  These therapies can range from physical therapy, occupational therapy, yoga, Tai Chi Chih®, etc.  


Complementary medicine is "both/and" medicine.  Treatment would include conventional medicine and add therapies such as yoga or Tai Chi Chih® in addition to prescription medicine for high blood pressure for example. 


Alternative medicine is generally thought of as something used instead ofconventional medicine.  Some might see a homeopath or naturopath.


Q:  So, why do you call yourself a Community Healing Center?  What does that mean?

A:  Sometimes we use the word "Integrative".  It means (besides people using conventional therapies with their own doctors) HeartSprings encourages people to use a wide variety of complementary therapies.  In preventative care as well as those dealing with chronic illnesses, we need to deal with the "whole person."  To us, that means connecting with their physical body, their soul body (which includes the mind, emotions, and ego), and their spiritual body


Q:  Do you have an example how that would look at your center?

A:  Yes, for example someone living with Parkinson's is encouraged to attend our movement group which also acts as an informal support group. Someone living with Parkinson's can also attend our Tremble Clefs choir (which encourages vocal work and fun). They can take meditation courses, yoga, learn stress management, etc.  All various ways to look at the whole person. 


Q:  Are there philosophies common to alternative and complementary healthcare?

A:  Yes, according to Mayo Clinic’s website there are four.

1.  Prevention is the key to good health.

2.  Your Body has the ability to heal itself; practitioners see themselves as facilitators.  Treatment encourages the natural healing process.

3.  Learning and healing go hand-in-hand.  To the practitioner, YOU are the one who does the healing.

4.  Holistic care or, as we say at HeartSprings, body, soul, and spirit.