We don't like the term "alternative therapies". Alternative to what? "Official" contemporary medicine? These days, we see concepts such as holistic view of humankind and the psycho-somatic root of many small and big diseases being increasingly incorporated into the vocabulary and the way of thinking of "classical" surgeons. Moreover, "alternative" is, for many, a synonym for "secondary", something to which we turn either out of curiosity and only for small, unimportant ailments, or as a desperate last resort when we have tried everything and classical medicine gives up on our case.
Despite these reservations, we are using the term, because it is immediately understandable by the public. We believe that these ways of dealing with health, well-being and disease, many of which have been tried and tested for many centuries, deserve a place in our society. This doesn't mean that they are the only ideal solution in all case, especially when we are faced with something acute needing urgent action.
The responsibility lies solely with the patient who, in the case of serious diseases, must make his or her own choices wisely, weighing the pros and cons of each therapeutic method.
In Shantom we offer many different kinds of "alternative therapies", either in the form of personal sessions or, sometimes, in the form of introductory workshops.