The American Alternative Medicine Association (AAMA) was created by Jojo and Antoine Marengo In order to help merge the various alternative and holistic medicines listed in NCCAM together into an all-inclusive healthcare entity for the treatment of the whole person emphasizing the body, mind and including the spiritual nature.
AAMA refocuses medicine on a more inclusive health and healing process. It insists on patients being treated as whole persons minds and spirits, as well as physical bodies who participate actively in their own healthcare. Today, there are many clinics and practices that embrace these philosophies. Many medical schools in the US teach as well these philosophies. Also, many research studies have been published in peer reviewed journals and recently many hospitals and universities are actively researching these disciplines such as the University of Arizona Jackson Memorial Hospital, UCLA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, University of Minnesota and Parker College, Dallas, TX
Naturally, there are many skeptics within both CAM and traditional medical community that blame these forms of medicine for being either too scientific or not scientific enough, depending on one’s point of view. For patients however who would like the best of the two world’s AAMA practices may be a very good choice
Logic makes it unlikely that one approach could be the answer for so many health problems. When one is trained to "think objectively," as medical training is supposed to teach, it makes it very difficult to accept any cure-all type of thought process.
There is a very important role for the objectivity that a Western medical doctor learns. This objectivity should, in many ways, provide a certain degree of comfort and confidence. There is also an extremely important role for the personal and holistic approach of alternative medicine practices and healing practitioners. This warmth and individuality should provide a different type of comfort and confidence.
Ideally, there is a way to bring aspects of the philosophies together and have the best of both worlds. It is advantageous for the alternative medicine consumer to try to not be intimidated or scared about discussing these practices with their medical doctor. We all have a great deal to learn in terms of integrating these important areas of health care, and communication is one of the best places to begin.
The use of complementary, alternative, holistic, and integrative medicine is on the rise. Various CAM modalities, including acupuncture, Chinese medicine, homeopathy, massage, naturopathy, spiritual and energy healing, and the use of herbal medicines and supplements compete with, provide an alternative to, or complement the more conventional forms of medicine available in hospitals and licensed physicians’ offices.
There is an emerging literature on various aspects of this growing phenomenon with hundreds of articles and dozens of texts already on the market. The Journal of the American Medical Association and associated Archives journals chose alternative medicine for their 1998 theme issue. The boundaries of integrative Medicine are being defined and redefined. A fair amount of research has explored physicians’ attitudes and practices regarding this increasingly prevalent philosophy.
Holigrative Healthcare Systems (HHS)
The vision of the American Alternative Medicine Association (AAMA) is to encourage the holistic, complementary, alternative and integrative medicine sector to integrate the diverse medical and healthcare systems, (as well as the practices and products that are not presently considered) to become an integral part of the AAMA sector based on the principals and philosophies of AAMA’s Alternative Healthcare Systems’ which becomes the term used to indicate the characteristic of the New Wisdom.
Alternative Medicine Practitioner (AMP)
Our members once accepted will be called Alternative Medicine Practitioner
Who are we, and how are we making a difference?
One of the principal efforts of The American Alternative Medicine Association is to act as a training ground for the pioneers in the alternative, holistic and Integrative fields. In addition to doctors, nurses, massage therapists, estheticians, trichologists, energy healers and other holistic professionals, our members also include authors, speakers, expert practitioners, and organizational leaders. As a nonprofit association we routinely collaborate with numerous others, collectively providing the voices necessary for continued progress in the transformation of healthcare.
“Complementary”, “alternative”, “environmental”, “integrative”, Holistic, medicine is now part of the mainstream vernacular. “Functional” medicine is gaining momentum. A holistic approach is what many patients desire as the standard. So, how does the Am American Alternative Medicine Association make an impact today?:
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