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  Alternative medicine - InfoSearchPoint.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Alternative medicine is a broad term for any method that seeks to prevent or heal disease, or care for the body, through techniques that may not be sanctioned or regulated by a locality, including state-sanctioned professional organizations such as accredited medical schools, foundations or institutes, or peer-reviewed journals.
Most forms of alternative medicine are rejected as invalid by scientists because they have not been shown to work through randomized controlled trials, double-blind experimental validation of their techniques, nor has the efficacy of their treatment been verified.
Some proponents of alternative medicine argue that the lack of evaluation of such practices prior to the 1990s means that it cannot be truly claimed that conventional medicine practitioners relied upon the scientific method for their results.
www.infosearchpoint.com /display/Alternative_medicine   (2024 words)

 Science, Faith, and Alternative Medicine - Policy Review, No. 108   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Alternative medicine includes some therapies that have proven value and are consistent with modern science, but it also includes other therapies that may have no value at all, and if they did, would challenge the basic assumptions of science.
Alternative medicine so artfully conspires to make patients believe that their illness has spiritual significance that once patients absorb the fiction, they are practically enslaved by it.
Alternative medicine challenged the stereotyped models of existence perpetuated by communism, and it created rivals to the political authorities in the form of care providers who managed the very souls of their patients.
www.policyreview.org /AUG01/dworkin.html   (6844 words)

 ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE FACTS AND INFORMATION   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The precise scope of alternative medicine is a matter of some debate and depends to a great extent on the definition of "conventional medicine." Positions on the distinction between the two include those who reject the safety and efficacy of the other, and a number of positions in between.
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).
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.
www.dontpayyourtaxes.com /alternative_medicine   (2819 words)

 History Of Medicine -- Recommendations and Resources   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
History of alternative medicine is a record of historical events that took place over many thousands of years throughout the history of mankind that can be related to the many different branches of alternative medicine.
Traditional Chinese medicine has more than 5,000 years of history as a system of medicine that is based on a philosophical concept of balance (yin and yang, Qi, Blood, Jing, Bodily fluids, the Five Elements, the emotions, and the spirit) approach to health that is rooted in Taoist philosophy and Chinese culture.
Western approaches to alternative medicine have more than 3,000 years of history behind them as systems of medicine based on natural philosophies that are rooted in ''all'' aspects of Western culture.
www.becomingapediatrician.com /health/74/history-of-medicine.html   (1082 words)

 Complementary & Alternative Medicine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Certainly, many medicinal plants have been tested scientifically as therapeutic agents; but it is not thus for homeopathy, acupuncture, holistic medicine, etc. (at the same conference, I observed a poster upon "Scientific Evidence on Holistic Medicine").
Some branches of the alternative medicine not only are not consistent with science, but also prosper clearly in the antiscientific domains.
Alternatively, Spaniard investigators discovered that the herb can interfere with some medicaments, like cardiotonic medicine, antibiotics and other, because it reduces the effect of these medicines (through inhibition of hepatic isoenzymes), especially of Dioxin, Cyclosporine, Warfarin and Theophylline.
biocab.org /CAM.html   (1479 words)

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Alternative medicine is not part of the dominant system for managing health and disease per Wayne Jonas MD, Director of the office of Alternative Medicine Office at NIH.
If alternative medicine is cheaper, we will have insurance companies pushing for herbal medications to save money and never mind the science.
Because of the sharp differences between conventional and alternative medicine, physicians have noted a new patient phenomenon - there are Medicine Refugees running away from treatments and interventions that leave more side effects and misery than the disease.
www.prostatepointers.org /barken/barken2.html   (1718 words)

 Choosing an Alternative Practitioner - Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, Washington
In the realm of alternative medicine, however, there is an additional problem to consider: incomplete knowledge regarding whether a particular alternative method actually helps.
With alternative medicine, however, so much remains to be discovered that entire fields have big question marks attached to them.
Finally, you can call a school that trains alternative medicine practitioners for a list of graduates in your area, or contact the state or national professional association for a referral.
www.swedish.org /16433.cfm   (1268 words)

 Natural Health Glossary
Alternative medicine is simply an after the fact modern classification of phenomena that has been going on for hundreds, if not thousands of years, long before biomedicine arrived on the scene.
Alternative therapies is, thus, the preferred term for self-care alternative healing methods and covers therapies like aromathreapy, herbal medicines, visualization, meditation, and yoga.
Heroic medicine, in short, is aggressive, reckless and foolhardy medicine that has a high potential for harming the patient.
naturalhealthperspective.com /tutorials/glossary.html   (3909 words)

 Complementary and Alternative Medicine News and Views
The problem with so-called Complementary and Alternative Medicine, in a nutshell, is that it is an assortment of implausible, dishonest, expensive, and sometimes dangerous claims that are exuberantly promoted to a scientifically naïve public.
The adherents of these fields, however, state that "most alternative systems of medicine hold some common beliefs."2 Many theories of alternative medicine attempt to pose a single explanation for most human illness; the therapy is thought to correct the source of the problem, not merely treat its symptoms.
A glimpse of the blossoming market for alternative medicine is enough to convert a skeptical healthcare executive into a true believer, or at least an open-minded observer of the "natural healing" movement.
healthwatcher.net /Quackerywatch/Alternative-medicine   (5143 words)

 Health Care Information Resources -- Alternative Medicine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Alternative Medicine Foundation is a U.S. charitable organization which is formed to provide evidence-based resources for health care professionals and reliable information on alternatives to conventional western biomedicine for patients and consumers.
Alternative Health News Online is prepared by journalists for the public and aims at helping us to separate the hogwash from the promising therapies in alternative medicine.
Recently, the U.S. NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine awarded the College an $8,000,000.00 grant to establish the *Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention, which focuses on research, training and demonstration programmes using Maharishi Vedic Medicine in the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease and hypertension in minority, high risk populations.
www-hsl.mcmaster.ca /tomflem/altmed.html   (17850 words)

 Alternative Health Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Whatever the reason, alternative medicine has had a profound influence on the way people approach their health care.
The world of alternative medicine is diverse and sometimes self-contradicting, so this book takes a balanced look at each methods, exploring its strengths and weaknesses, and distinguishing between what is useful and what is not so that the readers can make an informed decision about their health.
Medicine women are dispensers of power, instruments of healing, keepers of tradition and teachers to us all.
saxakali.com /BookStore/saxbsh1.htm   (1812 words)

 Medicine, International Medical Portal, Alternative Medicine Center,Alternative Medicine Research Center,Alternative ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
With the world on the threshold of path breaking changes in the field of health and medicine, there is a growing realization that contrary to previously held beliefs; conventional medicine (the medicine that most people are familiar with: antibiotics, surgery, etc.) cannot solve all our health problems.
As per the latest World Health Organization estimates, between 65 to 80 percent of the world's population (about 3 billion people) rely on traditional (‘alternative’) medicine as their primary form of health care.
Alternative Medicine and Holistic Health Practices are amongst the most sought after career choices amongst today’s modern generation.
www.altmededu.com /director.html   (394 words)

 Alternative Medicine | Research | Resources   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Alternative medicine may hold the answers to serious health issues
In this sense, modern western "allopathic" medicine was one of the first branches of alternative medicine utilized by man. Alternative medicine as it is known today is really the evolution of medical science, indeed the second iteration of medical science.
Its primary focus is toward treating underlying causes, strengthening immune system function, and restoring balance to the body, rather than simply treating symptoms, offering palliative care, and utilizing drugs to suppress or enhance body functions.
www.scalar-is.com /alternative-medicine.html   (214 words)

 Alternative Medicine Institute,Alternative MedicineResearch,Institute of Alternative Medicine,Alternative Medicine ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Institute is all set to publish a directory of individual alternative medical practitioners and organisations / institutions in the field of alternative medicine.
The directory which will be a voluminous will also include information about publishers of books and magazines on alternative medicines and allied subjects, research institutes, hospitals, clinics, health centres including spas and resorts besides manufacturers and dealers of alternative medical equipment.
It also brings out numerous topical Publications/ Journals/ Newsletters, etc. on the numerous Branches of Alternative Medicine, which are widely read by members of the Alternative Medicine fraternity the world over.
www.altmededu.com /info.html   (199 words)

 PetGuard -Natural Pet Food, Nutritional holistic organic dog cat care.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
There are the formal branches of alternative medicine such as chiropractic, acupuncture, homeopathy and herbal therapy.
It is one of the most powerful of the alternative therapies and has successfully treated everything from fears to cancer.
Mostly, conventional medicine treats the symptoms, or the physical imbalances causing the symptoms.
www.petguard.com /main/templates2/faq-petcare.html   (827 words)

 Amazon.com: Books: The Alternative Medicine Sourcebook: A Realistic Evaluation of Alternative Healing Methods   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
For The Alternative Medicine Ratings Guide, Bratman, a physician whose practice integrates both conventional and alternative medicine, assembled a panel of 18 expertsAfrom holistic M.D.'s to a certified RolferAto rate the effectiveness of alternative therapies for some 80 health conditions.
The world of alternative medicine is diverse and sometimes self-contradicting, so The Alternative Medicine Sourcebook takes a balanced look at each methods, exploring its strengths and weaknesses, and distinguishing between what is useful and what is not so that the readers can make an informed decision about their health.
The Alternative Medicine Sourcebook is a valuable addition to any personal, medical school, and public library collection.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1565658558?v=glance   (508 words)

 Universal Tao Instructor/Practitioner Directory   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
He is board certified in Anti-aging and Longevity Medicine, co-sponsored by Great Lakes College of Clinical Medicine and American College for the Advancement of Medicine, the top 2 authority and oldest professional organizations in alternative medicine.
Anti-aging medicine is the ultimate in alternative medicine.
It is the discipline that incorporates all branches of alternative medicine, like nutritional medicine, environmental medicine, mind-body medicine …, to ensure a longer and happier life than otherwise possible.
www.universal-tao.com /instructors_practitioners/bio/792.html   (342 words)

 Databases: The Alternative Medicine Homepage
AMED- Allied and Complementary Medicine is a unique database produced by the Health Care Information Service of the British Library This database will be of interest to individuals wanting to know more about alternatives to conventional medicine, and includes resources to complementary medicine, palliative care and several professions allied to medicine.
CISCOM Database, ©The Centralized Information Service for Complementary Medicine, The Research Council for Complementary Medicine, United Kingdom: 4,000 randomized trials and over 60,000 citations and abstracts covering and arranged by the major complementary therapies including acupuncture, aromatherapy, healing, hypnotherapy, chiropractic, homoeopathy, and manipulative.
MICROMEDEX Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) Series, "an accurate and scientifically based, in-depth series of databases covering four areas: herbal medicine and dietary supplements,clinical protocols, patient education, and herbal & dietary supplement toxicology." The AltMedDex™ System, the first in the series provides information on herbals and other dietary supplements.
www.pitt.edu /~cbw/database.html   (1846 words)

 Holistic Veterinary Pet Care - An Overview   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
As many more people embrace holistic medicine for themselves, they also realize how helpful it can be for their pets.
As we can see, many of the alternative forms of medicine were, actually, the main types of medicine until recent times.
They were practiced by medicine men, wise women and healers for many thousands of years and have only recently become "alternatives".
www.naturalholistic.com /handouts/petcare.htm   (875 words)

 The Brights' Movement Forums -> Why is superstition dangerous?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In the Netherlands (and possibly the rest of Europe too) today, the biggest problem involving dangerous superstition does not involve Christians (however there are some Christian sects that refuse to have their children vaccinated agains polio etc) but new-age quacks.
A few years ago, there was a case of an alternative healer (an Iatrosophist, whatever that may be) who treated a cancer patient by letting him play the piano and eat grass (this is not a joke).
I would not condemn all alternative medicine as useless and harmful.
www.the-brights.net /forums/index.php?showtopic=925   (1680 words)

 Five Branches Institute - College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Chinese medicine in China is very common, and when I was young I was very allergic to pharmaceutical medications.
Five Branches Institute is pleased to welcome Bob Flaws and Honora Wolfe, authors of many major texts on Chinese medicine, including The Tao of Healthy Eating and Keeping Your Child Healthy With Chinese Medicine.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is observed annually on October 24th to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
www.fivebranches.edu /Fall03.asp   (2940 words)

 Internet Public Library: Alternative Medicine
Systems of medical care that are based on methods of treatment or theories of disease that differ from those taught in recognized western-oriented medical schools.
ABC's goals are to educate the public about beneficial herbs and plants and to promote the safe and effective use of medicinal plants." This site provides a nice Herbal FAQ section, as well as links to related sites.
Both Alternative and Allopathic Medicine are profiled, as well as other disciplines that can be used to promote healing." Resource links are grouped by subject and annotated.
www.ipl.org /div/subject/browse/hea04.00.00   (1054 words)

 Alternative Medicine and therapies - UK suppliers and practitioners plus comprehensive bookshop and worldwide resources.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Alternative Medicine and therapies - UK suppliers and practitioners plus comprehensive bookshop and worldwide resources.
Read articles on the most popular and well-known branches of alternative medicine.
Disclaimer - Nothing on this web site is intended to endorse or recommend any medicine, treatment or therapy.
www.alternativemedicine.co.uk   (124 words)

 Amazon.com: Books: Complete Idiot's Guide to ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE (The Complete Idiot's Guide)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
With one-third of all Americans currently using some form of alternative treatment, insurance companies increasingly accepting alternative medicine claims, and the AMAs growing acceptance of alternative medicine, its no surprise that people are becoming more involved in their own healthcare.
This comprehensive guide takes a balanced look at each alternative method, exploring its strengths and weaknesses, so that readers can make informed decisions.
This insightful book examines the various branches of alternative medicine, such as homeopathy, movement therapies, bodywork, naturopathy, and Chinese medicine.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0028627423?v=glance   (389 words)

 Health Quest News -  Free Newsletter on Herbology, Aromatherapy, etc.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
A quality FREE Newsletter on the latest research in Sports and Fitness Medicine, Weight-Loss, Herbology, Aromatherapy, Nutrition, Skin-Care, and other branches of Alternative Medicine to keep you informed.
Each month, as we receive peer-reviewed medical research, we write summaries of the information, which we would be glad to send to you, for free.
The address and other non-essential information, if you wish to include it, is only for our demographics, which helps us to serve you better.
www.doctorphyto.com /Newsletter.htm   (152 words)

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