What Is Alternative Medicine

What Is Alternative Medicine?

What is Alternative Medicine

What is alternative medicine? This is a term used to describe the different forms of medicine other than conventional methods. Alternative medicine includes a wide variety of medical practices including non-European (non-Western) medical practices and will include some new approaches to medicine. There is also a term called complementary medicine. This is a combination of conventional medicine coupled with alternative medicine.

With increasing research and new findings in medicine there is a universal rise in the Western nations of alternative medicine. In the Eastern part of the world, namely the Orient, some forms of alternative medicine has been practiced for many centuries. Part of this trend in the West may be due to the growth of medical education among people and the increased amount of travel to different regions. More literature is now available on this subject and medical societies specializing in different forms of alternative medicine are available.

Some of the most common forms of alternate medicine are:

Naturopathic medicine

Acupuncture: this is an ancient art which had its origins in the Orient. It involves manipulating and inserting needles into special points in the body. It is thought to restore health and create well-being. There are several forms of acupuncture which are taught worldwide. This is one of the most famous forms of alternative medicine.

Homeopathy: is a form of medicine that tries to stimulate the body’s immune system in order to promote healing. The practice of Homeopathy endeavors to bring the entire body back into homeostasis, or balance.

Naturopathic medicine: Is a practice that is designed to stimulate the body’s own healing system. This system utilizes multiple forms of alternative medicine. It can also be referred to as Natural therapy, and can include dietary supplements, exercise and different foods.

Osteopathy: Was originally a form of alternative medicine based on manipulation of the joints. It is still used for chronic back pain. It is often used with other forms of medicine.

When treating illness and serious diseases it is important to consult your physician before taking any decisions. Many doctors will endorse some sort of alternative medicine coupled with conventional medicine, especially if conventional medicine is not proving very effective for a chronic condition. Despite the lack of credibilty given it by MD.s, some alternative medicine can work surprisingly well. It will all depend on your particular illness and your own body’s functionality whether alternative medicine will work well for you.

What Is Alternative Medicine blogs and videos

Dialogue on “Alternative Therapies” « Science-Based Medicine


Wed, 14 May 2014 11:32:31 GMT

A recent opinion piece in The New York Times is an invitation to a dialogue on so-called alternative therapies, written by James Gordon. Gordon directs the…

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Senate approves bill to establish College of Alternative Medicine


Fri, 23 May 2014 02:40:51 GMT

ABUJA—THE Senate, yesterday, gave its nod to the establishment of College of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the country, as a bill to that effect scaled second reading. The college is aimed at carrying out …

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Alternative Medicine Treatment in Diabetes | Las Perlas


Tue, 27 May 2014 20:16:35 GMT

Alternative medicine treatment in diabetes has been the subject of much investigation and discussion in recent years. Organizations such as the American Diabetes Association have recently begun publishing findings that …

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Alternative medicine

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