Day: December 14, 2023

What is Alternative Medicine?What is Alternative Medicine?

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Alternative medicine is a term for health practices that haven’t been shown through scientific testing to work. They may include acupuncture, herbal medicine and tai chi. The practice is often used together with conventional medical care. These therapies are also known as complementary and integrative medicine (CAM).

In a clinical setting, practitioners of conventional medicine typically use a combination of methods that includes prescription medication and surgery. Practitioners of CAM, on the other hand, are trained in mind/body interventions like meditation, yoga, hypnosis and prayer as well as biomedical therapies such as shark cartilage and EDTA chelation therapy (for coronary heart disease). CAM is sometimes combined with conventional treatments in an approach called integrative medicine or integrated healthcare.

Exploring Paths to Wellness: An Introduction to Alternative Medicine

Studies have shown that many people who use alternative medicine are not doing so because they’re dissatisfied with conventional medicine but rather because the therapies match their beliefs, culture, tradition, and lifestyle. In Latin America, for example, the practice is widely used by BIPOC communities who face inequalities that make it hard to access more urbanized modes of care.

Supporters of alternative medicine argue that there are no two kinds of medicine – conventional and alternative – but rather one medicine that has been proven to work and another that doesn’t. They further say that once a method has been proven to work through scientific methods such as placebo-controlled trials, blind experiments and calculation of risk-benefit outcome probabilities, it ceases to be alternative and becomes mainstream.