Alternative Medicine : A Non Traditional Form Of Medicine

889 Words Jul 31st, 2014 4 Pages
Alternative Medicine, how modern is it, how effective can it really be, and lastly, does it actually work? Alternative medicine is a non-traditional form of medicine composed of a broad range of healing techniques and treatments, usually consisting of non-drug medicine based interventions. Treatments can range anywhere from therapeutic approaches, philosophic ideas, dieting, meditation methods, acupuncture, homeopathy, and aromatherapy, amongst others. The idea of this new paradigm of health care, alternative medicine, also known as integrative medicine, is the reparation of the body as a whole, not solely focusing on the treatment and healing process of a specific medical problem, rather, concentrating on an overall well-being and optimal mental health.
Although, alternative medicine has been around for centuries there is limited research evidence of it, leading to lack of confidence and effectiveness on its methods in the medicine world. Even then, in the last couple of decades the subject of alternative medicine has gotten massive amounts of attention causing it to be an endless worldwide discussion. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) released a survey in late 2007 stating that at least 40 percent of adults in the US and 12 percent of children had used complementary or alternative therapies at least once in their lifetime. Meaning at least half of Americans have used a form of Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Naturopathy and or…
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