Indeed alternative medicine has been considered quackery by some. But the truth is many people around the world both historically and recently have relied on some form of non-traditional medicine. In fact, for many, they know no other way of treating their people, as alternative medications were the only form of medicine available for thousands of years. Armed with a pestle and mortar, they methodically mixed herbal medicines, steeped potions made from tree bark and leaves, and brewed teas from flowers. Until modern day pills were invented, this was the norm for most cultures.
But alternative medicine does not only refer to medications other than prescription drugs. It encompasses a growing network of professionals whose aim is to treat the mind, body and spirit with less invasive methods, thereby bringing harmony to the person. As traditional medications and treatments become more intrusive, many people are seeking alternative ways to deal with their ailments. Moreover, people are looking for ways to live comfortably in the face of terminal illness, as opposed to suffering radical treatments.
Unquestionably, it is becoming more prevalent in staunch medical circles to embrace and offer alternative medicine. Doctors are realizing the benefits and solace their patients derive by combining modern medical techniques with non-traditional methods. In fact, many doctors today are less likely to eschew alternate methods. For several years, chiropractic care was not considered a component of mainstream medicine. But today many doctors will recommend patients to a chiropractor.
Another example of how serious the medical professional now views alternate medicine is the existence of both legitimate colleges and government organizations.
According to NCCAM, the treatments are separated into three categories:
Finally, the area of complementary and alternative medicine can be divided into groups containing: