“More than half of the United States population, approximately 125 million Americans, suffers from a chronic illness – conditions such as arthritis, allergies, pain, hypertension, depression, and digestive problems.
Conventional western medicine often cannot provide satisfactory solutions so people with chronic conditions increasingly turn to alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, herbs, mind/body techniques, homeopathy, massage, and more, to improve their quality of life.”
States the Alternative Medicine Foundation – Bethesda, MD
In fact for thousand of years, cultures across the globe have relied on natural therapies for health and wellness – therapy that we now call “Alternative Medicine”.
Ayurveda alternative medicine:
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian life science based on the concept that each person has a unique body type and physiological personality. According to Ayurveda, an imbalance of vital energies leads to the development of disease. to restore balance, an individualized, multi-dimensional approach to both prevention and treatment is required.
Chinese alternative medicine:
With a history of almost 5,000 years, Chinese medicine encompasses traditions that not only give insight into health, disease prevention and cures, but offer philosophies on living, life force and spiritual harmony with nature.
The core of this philosophy is the concept of balance, with imbalance resulting in illness.
North Americans first Nations alternative medicine:
First Nations healing arts are blend of plant lore, history and living traditions that go well beyond treating disease and offer a rich resource for those who want to connect, collectively and individually, with their spiritual selves.
Tibetan alternative medicine:
Ancient Tibetan medicine has been practiced for over 2,500 years. Known as “gSo-ba-Ring-pa” or “the science of healing”, it is based on Buddhist philosophical principles, astrology and the close relationship between body and spirit.
In the Tibetan medical tradition, the concept of well-being takes into account the full dynamics of mind, body and spirit to achieve an effective and comprehensive healing strategy.
Some Web definitions for Alternative Medicine:
A broad category of treatment systems (eg, chiropractic, herbal medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, naturopathy, and spiritual devotions) or culturally based healing traditions such as Chinese, Ayurvedic, and Christian Science. Alternative medicine is also referred to as complementary medicine. Holistic medicine is a narrower term.
Any medical practice of form of treatment not generally recognized as effective by the medical community at large. Alternative medicine may encompass a broad range of services and practices including acupuncture, homeopathy, aromatherapy, naturopathy, etc.. Although it is growing in acceptance and popularity, many health insurance companies do not provide coverage for these services. top
This phrase describes medical approaches that differ from Western, drug-based medicine. It includes Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, acupuncture, and homeopathy, among other treatments.
Any form of medicine or healing other than the type approved by medical doctors and hospitals. ( A question worth thinking about is why Modern Western Medicine—which is five hundred years old at most—has come to be seen as traditional, whilst Indian Ayurvedic or Traditional Chinese Medicine—which both boast rich histories spanning thousands of years—have been deemed alternative, or at best complementary?!)
All approaches to health which are not conventional – generally accepted by the medical establishment – to health and disease.
a term used to describe approaches to health care that are outside the realm of and are used in place of conventional medicine. Key questions exist as to whether they are safe or if they work. Examples include special diets, homeopathic remedies, electromagnetic fields, and therapeutic touch.
Any system of health care or specific treatment that is not currently widely accepted by conventional medicine and/or not taught in its medical schools. It is a term best used for systems or treatments that function to replace a conventional treatment. Examples would include acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, herbs and chelation therapy. The term describes a relationship to conventional medicine. …
Health Care modalities not traditionally used by Western Medical Practitioners.
it is a term used to describe health care practices that come from a wide variety of cultures, are intended to restore health, and are not a part of common medical practice in the United States.
Water as alternative medicine:
The Health benefit of water site has been built on the revelation that everything we do: drinking, eating, bathing, cleaning, breathing, exercising, relaxing, even thinking is related to water. We’ve been born in water and every single cell of your body exists in an aquatic medium.
Water Therapy is a natural therapy based on the internal and external use of water in prevention and treatment of diseases, rehabilitation and improving ones overall well being.