“Medicine” used to be one thing, “alternative medicine” something else. When one approach didn’t work, you tried another, generally because someone recommended it. There’s always been some overlap between traditional Western medicine and other forms of medicine.

That overlap is increasing rapidly. Alternative medicine has morphed into complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and now, “integrated medicine.”

Traditional medicine, meanwhile, is expanding to include therapies once dismissed as unscientific or unproven: chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, herbs, vitamins and minerals, homeopathy, hypnotherapy – a host of mind-body-spirit therapies to promote good health and treat ailments, diseases and health conditions appropriately.

The Daily Astorian, Astoria, Oregon, May 13, 2009