Answer: The Seventh-day Adventist
Church is strongly interested in health promotion since the
Bible does not separate the physical and spiritual restoration
of humanity. Jesus came to heal mankind as a whole being and
gave his disciples "authority to drive out all demons and
to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of
God and to heal the sick" (Luke 9:1,2).
Since antiquity there have been all sorts of
philosophies concerning the origin of diseases and their
respective treatment. Today we find a great variety of methods
under the umbrella of alternative, or complementary,
or even natural medicine. There is no clear distinction
between scientific or mystical methods of diagnosis and
treatment. In fact, there is a wide spectrum ranging from
scientific based to purely mystical with a variety of mixtures
and gray zones in between. It is nearly impossible to list all
existing methods and make absolute rules.
This matter was extensively discussed during
the General Conference Health Department Advisory meeting of
1996 with representatives from all world divisions. General
working recommendations were made. The document Alt-med-stat.pdf
can be opened by clicking on it with the left mouse button or
downloaded using the right mouse button.
If you have further questions or doubts about
any specific method or therapy you may find help in the book
"Reader’s Guide to Alternative Health Methods", by
the American Medical Association, 1993, ISBN 0-89970-525-1,
which analyses over 1000 methods and reports.