National Library of Medicine classifies alternative medicine under the term complementary
therapies.Therapies are termed as Complementary when used in addition to conventional
treatments and as Alternative when used instead of conventional treatment.
Complementary and alternative medicine can be defined as a broad domain of healing
resources that encompasses all health systems, modalities, and practices and their
accompanying theories and beliefs, other than those intrinsic to the politically dominant
health system of a particular society or culture in a given historical period.
complementary and alternative medicine includes all such practices and ideas self-defined
by their users as preventing or treating illness or promoting health and well being.
Boundaries within complementary and alternative medicine and between complementary
and alternative medicine domain and the domain of the dominant system are not always
sharp or fixed.
Alternative therapies include, but are not limited to the following disciplines: folk
medicine, herbal medicine, diet fads, homeopathy, faith healing, new age healing,
chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathy, massage, and music therapy.
Alternative medicine is any form of practice that is outside the realm of conventional
modern medicine. It covers a broad range of healing philosophies, approaches, and
therapies. Most of these treatments and health care practices are not taught widely in
medical schools. Examples are naturopathy, chiropractic, ayurveda, homeopathy and
acupuncture.If alternative medicine or therapy is used alone or instead of conventional
medicine, it is called "alternative" medicine. If the treatment or therapy is done along
with or in addition to conventional medicine, it is referred to as "Complementary
Medicine" as the two practices complements each other. For example, many Chinese hospitals
use acupuncture to reduce the pain during the surgery instead of anesthetics. This is
Homeopathy is an excellent alternative medicine to those who can't swallow large pills or have
digestive problems. Most homeopathic remedies are in small tablets that instantly dissolve
in your mouth. Through the saliva, they are absorbed, bypassing the need for further
digestion. Homeopathic remedies usually have no taste, or if there is a taste, it is mild
and sweet. Combination products are larger tablets without any taste that are chewed and
also are absorbed quickly. Homeopathy is a wonderful solution for those with sensitive
digestive systems. Children also love homeopathics, with no large capsules to swallow or
bad tasting liquids. Homeopathic remedies can also be purchased as liquids or dissolved