Alternative Medicine An Acceptable Treatment Option?

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Alternative medicine is used all around the world in various forms. Some applications are acupuncture, salt treatments, reiki, aromatherapy, and magnet therapy. These treatments can be used for various ailments such as: chronic pain management, illnesses, stress relievers, respiratory problems, and skin conditions. As a pre-med student I am curious why these medicine alternatives are used as treatment methods. Although some of these alternative treatments have been used for thousands of years, how do we know for certain they are effective? Is alternative medicine an acceptable treatment option?
The Oxford Dictionary defines alternative medicine as any of a range of medical therapies that are not regarded as orthodox by the medical profession. To truly understand the modern usage of alternative medicine in the United States, however, I feel it would be best to look back at where the fad started. According to the Atlantic, alternative medicine started to become popular in the 1990s. An article in 1993 in The New England Journal of Medicine stated that one in three Americans were using some form of unconventional therapy or alternative medicine (Gritz). Enough Americans had interest that Congress established an office just for alternative medicine within the National Institutes of Health (Gritz). Today, Alternative medicine is very popular in the United States and is used by millions. The 2007 National Health interview showed that in the last twelve months before the survey

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