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What exactly does “Alternative Medicine” consist of?
Alternative medicine is basically anything that doesn’t fall within the conventional model of medicine, AKA the Western Medical Model. Cultural or historical traditions are often the foundation for alternative medicine practices. For example, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) is thought to date back around 2,000 years. Read more about the history of alternative medical models here.
Aromatherapy, chiropractic care, naturopathy and homeopathy are all considered forms of alternative medicine. Many people call alternative medicine “quackery,” “unscientific,” or “that hippie shit.” It’s true that some so-called alternative medicine treatments are useless or even harmful. However, it’s important to keep in mind that some are actually quite effective and may have fewer side effects than prescription medications or surgeries. Many scientific studies support claims that acupuncture, herbology, and other unconventional treatments actually make positive changes to the body and help treat patients.
Some forms of alternative medicine are more legitimate than others. Some are downright dangerous. Always do your research and consult a doctor or naturopath before using any alternative treatments. Alternative medicine practices can be used in tandem with conventional treatments to support in the healing process. It is always wise to understand your options for health care and be able to make an informed decision on your course of treatment.
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