The science behind complementary and alternative therapies or holistic approaches to healing

C. M. Davis

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This article reviews the controversy over the use of holistic complementary and alternative therapies (CATs) as illustrated in the Journal of the American Medical Association's article criticizing therapeutic touch. Common CATs used in rehabilitation are listed and categorized. An explanation of the science behind these therapies (e.g., quantum physics and systems theory) is reviewed and the research establishing the inextricable link between mind and body is summarized. This article suggests that incorporating holistic therapies with traditional therapies may facilitate a paradigm shift in the current view of medical science and may help return the concept of healing back to the health care system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-302
Number of pages12
JournalOrthopaedic Physical Therapy Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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