Complementary and alternative healing modalities – Complementary and alternative therapies follow these basic principles: (1) complementary and alternative therapies are based on the body’s innate ability to heal itself, (2) complementary and alternative medicine does not rely on prescription drugs, surgery, and other conventional medical procedures, however, these options and their potential benefits are not discounted either; (3) complementary and alternative medicine looks at the underlying cause of the problem and addresses the whole person (mind, body, emotions, spirit) without just masking the symptoms; and (4) the goal is to create optimum health by focusing on preventing disease and helping patients feel the best they can as much as treating disease.