The Basic Definition of Alternative Medicines

Alternative Medicines include any of the various systems of healing or treating disease (such as homeopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, Ayurveda, or faith healing) that are not included in the traditional curricula taught in medical schools of the United States and Britain.

Our areas of knowledge and expertise include the following alternative health areas and are not limited to: Dietary Consultations, Acupressure, Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage, Oriental Diagnosis, Professional Massage, Reiki Healing, Reflexology.

Dietary Consultations

A Macrobiotic consultation is basically a health consultation. During the Consultation, I explain how your disease(s) were created and I give precise instructions as to what to do to recover health. Macrobiotic saved my life back in July 1991 when I was diagnosed as being in a pre-cancerous Liver condition. Patrick, alive and well today with Macrobiotics. Eventually Liver and Large Intestines tumors materialized and according to modern medicine, I had 6-8 months to live.


When learning about acupressure you will often hear the word "Meridians" mentioned.

Meridians are invisible energy lines running on the body. Ten of these lines correspond to organ: Heart, Small Intestines, Lungs, Large Intestines, Liver, Gall Bladder, Kidneys, Bladder, Spleen/ Pancreas, Stomach.

Acupressure locations: When treating any of the above meridian linked to organs, essential oils that support this corresponding organ can be diffused in the room to increase the effectiveness of the acupressure treatment. I have listed the oils that can be used with each meridian below.


Aromatherapy, also referred to as Essential Oil therapy, can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process. It was the French perfumer and chemist, Rene- Maurice Gattefosse, who coined the term “aromatherapie” in 1937 with his publication of a book by that name. His book “Gattefosse’s Aromatherapy” contains early clinical findings for utilizing essential oils for a range of physiological ailments. It seems vital to understand what Gattefosse’s intention for coining the word was, as he clearly meant to distinguish the medicinal application of essential oils from their perfumery applications.

Reiki Healing

Reiki is a form of alternative medicine developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui. Since its beginning in Japan, Reiki has been adapted across varying cultural traditions. It uses a technique commonly called palm healing or hands-on-healing. Through the use of this technique, practitioners believe that they are transferring "universal energy" through the palms of the practitioner, which they believe encourages healing.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is "Alternative Medicine?"

Because alternative medicine is many things to many people, there is no one-line answer that would define the term simply and clearly to satisfy everyone. Alternative medicine is made up of a rich array of techniques, modalities, and medical systems that are, for the most part, still unfamiliar to the majority of the public. Much of what is labeled alternative medicine comes to us from other cultures or from ancient healing traditions. For example, the use of herbs as medicine is an ancient practice found all over the world. Acupuncture comes specifically from ancient China and has been documented as being in use as early as 2697 BC.

What is the difference between alternative medicine and conventional medicine?

Generally speaking, most high quality alternative medicine is founded on six core principles and practices that differ from the principles and historical practices of conventional medicine.

  • The healing power of nature first, and technique and technology second
  • Patient centered rather than physician centered
  • Do no harm
  • Results generally take longer
  • Use of natural and whole substances
  • Higher standard of health

My friends and family are skeptical about the merits of alternative medicine. How do I help them feel confident in my decision to use alternative medicine?

To many people, alternative medicine is still suspect. Some of this is warranted. Not all of what is labeled alternative medicine can be assumed to be good medicine. So the concern and skepticism of your friends and family is only natural. The problem is that most people who are skeptical of alternative medicine base their caution on outdated information, facts that are only partially true, or complete misconceptions. Also the public now places an unrealistically high level of confidence in conventional medicine's high-tech diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Many presume that if procedures are "high-tech," they must be very effective. However, evidence points to the opposite conclusion: High-tech is not always effective.

Will alternative medicine work for me?

No system of medicine can guarantee success for every condition. Each system of medicine has certain health conditions for which it is best suited and some health conditions for which it would be the treatment of last choice. This is true for conventional medicine as well as alternative medicine. An example is Chinese medicine, which has a long and respected history of treating conditions of infertility and impotence in less drastic and more natural ways than conventional medicine. Many couples who were unable to conceive have become happy parents after receiving a series of treatments of Chinese herbs and acupuncture for their condition. The key to success with alternative medicine is to make sure you have all the accurate information you need from around the world about treating your health conditions.

Some modern-day famous people who have publically declared their interest in and support for Alternative medicine include:

Steve Jobs, Opera Winfrey, Farrah Fawcett, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Pamela Anderson, Jane Fonda, Cher, Rosie O'Donnell, Martin Sheen, the Chili Peppers, Jane Seymour, Lesley Anne Warren, Axl Rose, Linda Gray, Susan Blakely, Michael Franks, Cybill Sheppard, Vidal Sassoon, Angelica Houston, Boris Becker, Martina Navratilova, Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley, Cliff Robertson, Jerry Hall, Diane von Furstenberg, Ashley Judd, Naomi Judd, Olivia Newton-John, Julianna Margulies, JD Salinger, Blythe Danner, Pat Riley (coach of the Miami Heat).