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Now is the Time for Complementary Medicine to Bring East and West Together

Apr 01, 2022 04:32PM ● By Tom Bowman
We live in a time when our health is a very serious issue and the information we get can be confusing. A recent study in Israel found that those with natural immunity were six times less likely to get infected with the COVID-19 virus than those who were exclusively vaccinated. But how does one develop natural immunity? Taking a look at Complementary Medicine can help answer this question. 

Qigong and many other Complementary Medicine practices have been around for thousands of years. For example, the protocols used in Qigong are designed to nourish and enhance your natural immune system. These protocols are time-proven methods as well as the result of lessons learned from virile outbreaks experienced by humanity over the centuries. We are heading into an era when complementary medicine practitioners are going to be in high demand, and we need to be ready to educate the public and be ready ourselves to provide services such as those needed today. 

Complementary Medicine is not the same as Alternative Medicine, although the phrases are often used interchangeably. They are often grouped together in medical terminology under the umbrella of CAM (complementary and alternative medicine), but they are different. Both refer to treatments that are out of the Western medical mainstream. Some non-mainstream treatments you might hear of include Qigong, yoga, chiropractic, meditation, massage, herbs, acupuncture, hypnosis and many other modalities. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), complementary medicine practices and therapies work alongside those of Western medicine; alternative medicine is the term used when these approaches are substituted for Western medicine. 

Complementary medicine is the bridge that brings Eastern and Western modalities and therapies together. More traditional doctors are now accepting complementary medicine, and many medical centers or hospitals offer complementary modalities right alongside traditional ones. Every person will respond differently to each product or practice of complementary medicine. Research is showing that some therapies may be helpful in dealing with pain, headaches, stress, depression, anxiety, fatigue and many other symptoms.

To those looking for additional health-related help, you might begin by speaking with your primary healthcare provider about adding Complementary Medicine to your care. You can also search locally for certified complementary medicine practitioners and add their recommendations to your current treatment plan. Make sure that both your doctor and complementary provider know what treatments you are getting; this helps you get the best of both worlds. 

In the case of Qigong, your personalized treatment plan will be based on your current health status and will reflect the recommendations made by your doctor. Just think of it as an additional tool to help boost your health naturally through this pandemic and beyond. 

Bowman began his formal Qigong studies in August of 1999 with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming (YMAA). He received Qigong certification in 2003, continued Medical Qigong training with Master Hong Liu (MD-China) and completed the Advanced Medical Qigong course of studies in June of 2007. His mission is to bring Qigong to the level of acceptance as a complement to Western Medicine. He is a member of the National Qigong Association (NQA), current chairman of the Ethics Committee and member of the Certification Committee. He is recognized as a Clinical Qigong Practitioner and a Level III Advanced Qigong Instructor by the NQA. Bowman is the Founder and Director of Qigong of Tulsa Wellness Center where he teaches Qigong and provides Clinical Qigong treatments. 

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