Research has proven alternative medicine to be both safe and effective. The practice of alternative medicine has been around for centuries, however, many Americans ridicule this old way of treatment. There are many different forms of alternative medicines available to the public that are on the market today. Prescription drugs have been compounded to “cure” all ailments, everything from physical pain to mental illnesses. Although many physicians are seeing positive results from the use of alternative medicines, they are refusing to incorporate them into their practice.
In summing up the main differences between conventional medicine and homeopathic users, both patients would more than likely identify that “conventional medicine 's main "arsenal" consists of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and powerful pharmaceutical drugs. Alternative medicine uses time tested, natural remedies and gentle, hands on treatments.” (Hans R. Larsen) According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCAM), “alternative medicine actually encompasses a very large array of different systems ranging from ayurvedic medicine to physical therapy. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is the term for medical products and practices that are not part of standard care. Standard care is employed by medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy and allied health professionals, such as registered nurses and physical therapists. Alternative medicine includes treatments which are used in place of those utilized in standard care; specifically complementary medicine refers to nonstandard treatments that are used in conjunction with standard ones. Examples of CAM therapies include acupuncture, chiropractic and herbal medicines. NCAM explains that Alternative or Homeopathic therapies include, but are not limited to the following: folk medicine, herbal medicine, diet fads, homeopathy, faith healing, new age healing, chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathy,
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