Alternative medicine and alternative therapies are therapeutic practices, which are currently not considered as an integral part of conventional medicine. The holistic form of treatment is more cost effective in comparison to its orthodox counterpart. Functional medicine changes the what (your diagnosis) you have to why (what lead you to your condition). The goal of alternative medicine is to enable the body to use its own mechanisms to stimulate healing and prevent diseases from occurring. Your chosen vet should be willing and able to answer any questions about holistic medicine or treatments. Degree programs including: BS, MS, MA, PhD, DNM/IMD & ND. Incoming credit and resulting advanced placement through academic, clinical and life/work experience may in most cases apply toward our degree and diploma offerings. With the advent of modern medicine; antibiotics, immunizations, x-rays, there was less need for the practitioner to use unscientific and unproven means to heal.