LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the end of this lesson, you will be able to: • Define traditional eastern medicine and outline what it entails • Define and explore the different touch and movement therapies including somatic movement therapy • Describe nutritional factors such as herbal medicines, dietary supplements, vitamins, and minerals • Explore different therapies for mind, body, and spiritual connection including hypnosis and meditation DESCRIPTION: Conventional medical approaches are often complemented by therapies that are referred to as alternative medicine. Many forms of alternative medicines have found their way into the mainstream of the medical community and are used to treat disorders, relieve symptoms and improve quality of life, especially through pain management. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a government agency, continues (along with other reputable entities) to conduct scientific studies focusing on the safety and effectiveness of alternative therapies. Healthcare professionals should be aware of the various forms of complementary and alternative medicines and gather information from the patient about any alternative therapies being used. This course provides an overview of some of the more common complementary and alternative medicines being used today.