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What is alternative medicine?

Alternative medicine is a group of diverse medical and healthcare systems, practices and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. Many alternative medical systems are rooted in the "least dramatic means" principle. The essence of this principle is, "Always use the least drastic harmful therapies first". This means that alternative medical providers, in general, choose techniques and therapies which are the least invasive or harmful to get the desired result.

What are some of the better known alternative medicine systems?

Some of the most well known alternative medical systems are Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Unani, Homoeo, Reikki, Siddha, Tai Chi, Yoga, Zen, Feng Shui etc.

How is alternative medicine different from conventional medicine?

Conventional medicine works on the basis of currently available scientific-physical, chemical, biological-information. It is mostly based on laboratory research and limited field trials. On the other hand, alternative medicine in most cases has evolved over the ages - some over thousands of years, and has been tried and tested over time. These systems rely on natural remedies and allow the human system to respond and adjust to the environment.

Why is alternative medicine not as popular as conventional medicine?

Results generally take longer here. One primary goal of alternative medicine is to stimulate the body's natural healing response and to let nature take its course. From this process, a true healing can occur, increasing the chances that the symptoms will not return. Some people find the slower rate of recovery frustrating if they are accustomed to immediate results from conventional medical treatments.

Is alternative medicine safe?

Most alternative medicine systems are based on ancient texts and practices, and have been empirically tested over the ages. Moreover, most of them are from a time when little synthetic material existed, because of which almost all these systems rely either on natural sources for their formulations, or are simply evolved mind-body therapies. Therefore, they claim to have no side effects and therefore, safe.

If I suspect there is something wrong with me physically, should I go to a medical doctor (M.D. /D.O.) or to an alternative practitioner?

There will be no side effects.

Will alternative medicine work for me?

No system of medicine can guarantee success for every condition. Each system of medicine has certain health conditions for which it is best suited and some health conditions for which it would be the treatment of last choice. This is true for conventional medicine as well as alternative medicine.

Can I combine alternative medicine and conventional medicine?

Yes. It is a recent trend to combine alternative medicine with conventional medicine, or vice versa. For example, patients who have had open-heart or brain surgery are advised to practice Yoga or rhythmic breathing to lower or steady their heart rates. Meditation has always been a favorite complement to conventional surgery. This new amalgamation is called CAM. (Click Home)

If alternative medicine is good, why is it not as popular as conventional medicine?

Alternative medicine works on the premise of holistic treatment - striking at the root of the problem to completely remove it. This takes time, and the effects are not instantly perceptible. On the other hand, conventional medicine provides instant relief - even if the disease is not immediately eradicated. This is a singular advantage that has led to the decline of alternative medicine all over the world. Of course, there are several other reasons.

How can I convince my family about this system of medicine?

Recent studies of cancer patients (Chantilly Report) indicate that well-educated persons with higher incomes are more likely to use alternative treatments, primarily because they want to take charge of their health. When using alternative medicine, you will probably encounter skeptics with misconceptions. When this happens, the best strategy is to present an "unbeliever" with real facts backed by respected sources. Generally this is a much more effective approach than sharing personal stories about miraculous cures.

Is alternative medicine governed by any regulatory authority?

Alternative medicine is the name given to a large group of diverse medicine systems. Most of these systems are native to a particular country, or even to a particular part of it. Since these systems are usually a part of the country's culture, most countries have a regulatory authority presiding over the practice of that particular system, to oversee it, and to prevent its misuse or abuse. For example, Siddha is an alternative medicine system native to South India, specifically Tamilnadu. However, to promote Siddha both nationally and globally, India has an umbrella Center for Alternative Medicine Studies, under which a dedicated authority oversees the practice and promotion of Siddha. Serious practitioners are required to register with this authority, and are listed in their directory.

Why is there an air of suspicion and fear around alternative medicine systems?

Lack of awareness is the main culprit. Most of us are so used to our conventional medicines that we do not know, or acknowledge, that other, at times more sophisticated medicine systems could exist. Another aspect is the fact that most of us assume that anything that comes from another - usually poorer - country must be naturally suspect, or just plain "mumbo jumbo", jungle drums and tantric rituals. Moreover, some forces at work in conventional medicine usually do not encourage the prospering of other competing systems - they actively play on the fear of the unknown that most people possess, and discourage them from trying out these centuries old medicine systems.

Can I sue a prescriber of alternative medicine for damages if I am wrongly medicated?

Most alternative medicine practitioners and prescribers today hold accredited professional qualifications in their respective fields. It would still be advisable to check their qualifications before you engage their services. In case of any malpractice, an alternative medicine practitioner is just as liable for litigation as any other professional. However, consult your attorney in this regard.

How do I know if my alternative medical practitioner is accredited or not?

Most states have an R.A.M.P. directory either readily available or provided on demand. If a particular R.A.M.P. is not listed, you can avoid the fuss of asking for credentials by calling the local chapter of the Alternative Medicine Association and asking them for details.

If I ask for the composition of my medication, will my alternative medicine prescriber provide me?

Yes.

What are the chances that I suffer long term damage using A.M. before I realize it?

There will be no side effects.

Will the alternative medicine used by one race be useful or harmful to a person of another race?

There will be no side effects for all.

Can I claim insurance for treatment prescribing alternative medicine?

The answer to this question depends on the state you live in and your insurance company.