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  Alternative medicine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Criticisms directed at specific branches of alternative medicine range from the fairly minor (conventional treament is believed to be more effective in a particular area) to incompatibility with the known laws of physics (for example, in homeopathy).
Critics argue that alternative medicine practitioners may not have an accredited medical degree or be licensed physicians or general practitioners.
Alternative medicine critics agree with its proponents that people should be free to choose whatever method of healthcare they want, but stipulate that people must be informed as to the safety and efficacy of whatever method they choose.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Alternative_medicine   (3673 words)

 Category:Alternative medicine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Alternative medicine encompasses methods used in place of, or in addition to, conventional medical treatments.
Some commentators maintain that some or all fields of alternative medicine are pseudoscientific, or contain significant pseudoscientific elements; see the articles on pseudoscience, alternative medicine and the individual topics for more information.
In the late 20th century systematic investigation of the evidence-base proceeded, and at least one university department of alternative and complementary medicine was established, at the University of Exeter under Professor Edzard Ernst for this purpose.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Category:Alternative_medicine   (213 words)

 Alternative Medicine
Alternative medicine should be the first medicine of choice in some cases for mood, emotions, memory, and brain power.
Alternative medicine should be a complementary medicine in some cases and the main medicine in others.
Alternative medicine should be the first medicine of choice in some cases.
www.mindpub.com /altern.htm   (794 words)

 Gale Encyclopedia Of Alternative Medicine | Natural Health Alternatives | Alternative Medicine East Anglia | Canadian ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
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 Alternative Medicine: Why so popular?
Practitioners of alternative medicine, on the other hand, treat each patient as an individual and do what, in their opinion, is best rather than what is specified in a "rule book".
Alternative medicine systems, almost without exception, accept that the body is suffused by a network of channels (meridians) that carry a subtle form of life energy.
Although alternative practitioners and a small group of conventional physicians do embrace the use of natural therapies and products the vast majority of "establishment" physicians are still dragging their heels and even denigrating and ridiculing alternative medicine.
www.yourhealthbase.com /alternative_medicine.html   (1980 words)

 Alternative Medicine
Alternative medicine describes health products, practices, and approaches that are not part of conventional medicine.
But in the same way that an alternative band can be outside the establishment one year and part of the mainstream the next, the list of once alternative healing practices accepted by conventional medicine changes frequently, as new therapies and treatments are found to be effective.
Alternative medicine differs from traditional Western medicine in several important ways: there have been few rigorous studies of the effectiveness and side effects of alternative medicine.
www.kidshealth.org /teen/your_body/medical_care/alternative_medicine.html   (956 words)

 Alternative Medicine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
To many lay people, herbal therapy and numerous other types of so-called alternative medicine are considered first-line treatment for many common disorders--from arthritis to depression--despite almost no clinical data supporting their efficacy.
The purpose of this office is to evaluate alternative medicine therapies and determine their efficacy, a rather difficult task in an area with few clinical trials, no controlled studies, and different definitions of etiology and cure.
A large proportion of the US population believes that alternative approaches to health care are safer, better, "healthier," better for the environment, and, overall, the preferred method for healing compared with standard "Western" medicine.
www.fhma.com /alternative_med.htm   (1996 words)

 Complementary and alternative medicine: What is it? - MayoClinic.com
What is or isn't considered complementary and alternative medicine changes constantly as an increasing number of treatments undergo rigorous study and are proved to be effective or not.
Alternative approaches are generally thought of as being used instead of conventional methods.
Some alternative medicine practitioners make exaggerated claims about curing diseases, and some ask you to forgo treatment from your conventional doctor to use their unproven therapies.
www.mayoclinic.com /health/alternative-medicine/PN00001   (1093 words)

 alternative health practice
Because truly "alternative" medical practices would be ones that are known to be equally or nearly equally effective, most "alternative" medical practices are not truly "alternative," but quackery.
Alternative" practitioners are often "holistic," claiming to treat the mind, body and soul of the patient.
Those who seek "alternative" medicine often are attracted to the personality and worldview of their practitioner.
skepdic.com /althelth.html   (3350 words)

 Holistic and Alternative Medicine Directory. Alternatives for Healing.
When alternative therapies are used in place of conventional medicine, it is considered to be alternative medicine.
When alternative therapies are used in addition to conventional medicine, they are viewed as complementary medicine.
Its purpose is to give us choices and alternatives to living a healthy and full life by taking care of the body, mind and spirit.
www.alternativesforhealing.com   (330 words)

 Viable Herbal Solutions - Alternative Medicine in the Spotlight   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The researchers observed that the number of alternative practitioners and their acceptance by the public already make the field "a force to be reckoned with" and that medical planners had better start accommodating this "shift in clinical focus" in all their forecasts.
When alternative therapies are allowed to compete openly and fairly in the health-care marketplace, their ability to satisfy public demand and provide huge cost savings alone will establish them as the predominant approach to medicine.
Because many alternative medicine practitioners (particularly acupuncturists) have had training in conventional Western medicine, they are aware of situations when conventional care is indicated and often refer patients to mainstream physicians.
www.alternative-medicines.com /amspot.htm   (7464 words)

 MMRF - Research - Alternative Medicine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
When it opened in 1993, the Alternative Medicine Clinic was one of the first in the U.S. to open within a traditional health care organization.
Alternative therapies may prove effective for treating many of the conditions for which traditional medicine has not yet found answers.
The Alternative Medicine Clinic is a member of the Minnesota Consortium for CAM Clinical Research, (MNCAM) which, through a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant awarded to the Berman Center for Outcomes and Clinical Research, fosters rigorous, high-quality scientific research in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).
www.mmrf.org /research/alternative_medicine   (213 words)

 Alternative Medicine. Alternatives for Healing
Alternative and Conventional Medicines are the two main systems of healing in use today and the utmost caution should be taken to choose wisely.
The main difference between the two systems is that alternative medicine is concerned about the prevention of disease and pays attention to and deals with the cause by treating the body as a whole.
Alternative medicine contends that the body is naturally able to heal itself and remain stable - known in medicine as homeostasis.
www.alternativesforhealing.com /alternative_medicine.htm   (1342 words)

 Alternative Medicine - Healthy Living: Living a healthy lifestyle for disease prevention on MedicineNet.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Complementary medicine is a group of diagnostic and therapeutic disciplines that are used together with conventional medicine.
Complementary medicine includes a large number of practices and systems of health care that, for a variety of cultural, social, economic, or scientific reasons, have not been adopted by mainstream Western medicine.
Whereas complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine, alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine.
www.medicinenet.com /alternative_medicine/article.htm   (254 words)

 Alternative Medicine
Alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine.
An example of an alternative therapy is using a special diet to treat cancer instead of undergoing surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy that has been recommended by a conventional doctor.
In homeopathic medicine, there is a belief that "like cures like" meaning that small, highly diluted quantities of medicinal substances are given to cure symptoms, when the same substances given at higher or more concentrated doses would actually cause those symptoms.
www.menstuff.org /issues/byissue/alternativemedicine.html   (9405 words)

 What Is Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)?
Complementary and alternative medicine, as defined by NCCAM, is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine.
Alternative medical systems are built upon complete systems of theory and practice.
Conventional medicine is medicine as practiced by holders of M.D. (medical doctor) or D.O. (doctor of osteopathy) degrees and by their allied health professionals, such as physical therapists, psychologists, and registered nurses.
nccam.nih.gov /health/whatiscam   (1742 words)

 Alternative medicine definition - Medical Dictionary definitions of popular medical terms   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Alternative medicine is distinct from complementary medicine which is meant to accompany, not to replace, standard medical practices.
Alternative medical practices are generally not recognized by the medical community as standard or conventional medical approaches.
Alternative medicine includes dietary supplements, megadose vitamins, herbal preparations, special teas, massage therapy, magnet therapy, and spiritual healing.
www.medterms.com /script/main/art.asp?articlekey=2211   (160 words)

 Alternative medicine under the microscope
Although alternative medicine includes practices that Western science can't explain and doesn't accept, patients are voting with their feet.
But the JAMA reports were the latest and most convincing evidence that conventional medicine, whether motivated by competition or a desire to heal, is starting to embrace -- or at least test -- alternative therapies.
The dangers of alternative medicine include untested drugs, unknown drug interactions, and reliance on snake oil when proven cures could help.
whyfiles.org /076alt_med   (482 words)

 Alternative Medicine - Alternative Medicine -- The Complete Alternative Medicine Resource Center
Alternative Medicine Options are just that -- options for people seeking solutions to medical challenges through alternative medicine.
As one who survived a "supposedly" terminal cancer through the use of alternative medicine, this website manager supports the continuing acceptance of alternative medicine in the mainstream medical community.
Speculation that the crop now in colourful bloom could be for the homeopathic medicine trade, or even be crushed to provide cooking oil was dismissed this week...
www.alternativemedicineoptions.com   (358 words)

 Open Directory - Health: Animal: Alternative Medicine
Alternative Medicine Advisory - Offering science-based information on human and veterinary alternative medicine modalities, including acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic, herbal medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and energy therapy.
Alternative Pet Health - Articles and discussion forums on alternative pet health and natural rearing, indexed by animal and by treatment method.
Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre - Centre of excellence for the provision of holistic natural medicine techniques, for the treatment of all kinds of animals.
dmoz.org /Health/Animal/Alternative_Medicine   (599 words)

 Amazon.com: Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide: Books: Burton Goldberg Group   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The first profiles 43 alternative therapies--acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, qigong, hyperthermia, and yoga among them--including their development, how they work, proven uses, and controversial or yet-to-be-proven uses, along with contact information for organizations.
First published in English in 1994, this classic of the burgeoning alternative medicine movement draws on 380 doctors to cover alternative therapies and the treatment of specific illnesses; there's a section on symptoms.
Therefore, the alternative medicine protocols provide a mechanism to address the medicinal issues with substances that the body recognizes organically.
www.amazon.com /Alternative-Medicine-Burton-Goldberg-Group/dp/0963633430   (1636 words)

 BBC NEWS | Health | Alternative medicine
Yet their effectiveness is yet to be proven to the majority of medical practitioners in the UK and there are concerns over safety as many of the treatments remain untested.
Many doctors dismiss alternative medicine as unproven, ineffective and potentially dangerous nonsense - leading advocates to seek the kind of evidence that will persuade the scientific community at large.
Southampton GP Dr Peter May and Jayne Goddard, president of the Complementary Medicine Association, engage in heated debate on the use of alternative therapies.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/health/425986.stm   (424 words)

 Amazon.com: Alternative Medicine: Magazines   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Alternative Medicine does a terrific job of explaining the benefits and uses of complementary (alternative) therapies -- which have been used for centuries, throughout the world.
I now subscribe to Alternative Medicine instead and it is like Natural Health USED to be.
Plus it lists practitioners of alternative medicine listed by state, then local area, person's name, specialty, address so you can get in touch with people who are experts in treating you using various alternative medicines.
www.amazon.com /Alternative-Medicine/dp/B000066HUY   (941 words)

 Alternative Medicine Center - MayoClinic.com
Understanding complementary & alternative medicine — from investigating treatment claims to therapies for specific diseases.
Complementary and alternative medicine: Evaluate claims of treatment success Complementary and alternative medicine is more popular than ever.
Mayo Clinic complementary and alternative medicine specialist Brent Bauer, M.D., and colleagues answer select questions from readers.
www.mayoclinic.com /health/alternative-medicine/CM99999   (159 words)

 alternative medicine for man and womens health including therapies and treatments
Check out the various alternative treaments for many common forms of indigestion.
A major issue in womens health is the growing impact if chronic fatigue in the workplace and the home.
Use of acupuncture and herbal medicine with horses.
alternative-medicine-and-health.com   (172 words)

 Alternative Medicine: Research Guide: Drexel University Libraries
Alt-Health Watch (dates vary) Full-text and image database covering the full spectrum of alternative medicine subject areas, Alt HealthWatch focuses on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Pain Database (CAMPAIN) (current) Developed and updated by the University of Maryland's Center for Integrative Medicine.
Alternative Medicine Homepage: maintained by a librarian at the University of Pittsburgh
www.library.drexel.edu /resources/guides/AlternativeMedicine.html   (842 words)

 Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist, Lorraine H. Harris, Asheville NC | Alternative Medicine | Chi Medicine ...
Thank you for your interest in Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, the fastest growing method of health care in America today.
It's no secret that alternative medicine, complementary medicine, holistic medicine - or whatever it may be called - is taking a strong hold in our medical system.
She is a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist, a Nationally Certified Practitioner of Oriental Medicine.
www.chimedicineworks.com   (372 words)

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