Alternative medicine is a type of therapeutic practice that is not considered to be a part of traditional or conventional medical treatment. Studies offered through alternative medicine colleges in this area may include diverse curriculums in botanical or herbal medicine, supplements and vitamins, hydrotherapy, mind-body therapies, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, homeopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture and other massage therapies.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is a broad domain of resources that encompasses health systems, modalities, and practices and their accompanying theories and beliefs, other than those intrinsic to the dominant health system of a particular society or culture in a given historical period.
Between 2000 and 2002, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine awarded 15 grants to academic institutions to develop curricular initiatives in integrative medicine (see Table 1); evaluation methods are being explored within the initiatives and many of the institutions that received these grants are members of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM).
Especially after she went to a medical doctor who understood the racket of Big Pharma and took her off of 8 of the 10 Meds that the previous doctors put her on. Thank goodness there are honest medical doctors who truly want to help people to get well.
An important difference between conventional and alternative medicine is that whilst conventional medicine targets specific symptoms and their causes, Alternative Health Care has a holistic approach;that is to say it treats the whole person, promoting self-care and self-healing and acknowledging the spiritual nature of each person.