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					Alternative Medicine - Gaining Popularity And Acceptance

Alternative medicine has been gaining in both popularity and acceptance
in recent years. Many cities now have a plethora of shops where a person
interested in buying alternative medicines can go to find whatever they
are seeking, in addition to being able to take advantage of many
alternative medicine services at local practitioners’ offices.

Alternative medicine is simply a way of referencing a type of treatment
that is not officially recognized by the medical establishment as a
relief or cure. There are literally thousands of practices that fall
under this category, and most people would be surprised to find some of
the items that either are or were once considered to be against the
grain, or categorized as “alternative” medicine.

Not too far back in medical history, doctors did not wash their hands
while helping a woman through child labor. The result was thousands of
contracted infections and death due to bacterial transfer. Doctors who
advocated the practice of hand-washing or warned of unseen microbes were
shunned and mocked by their professional peers, and only in the last
century has sterilization been a common and then regulated medical
practice. It is hard to believe that something we take so much for
granted was once considered alternative medicine, but it was so.

In the 21st century, alternative medicine is not as frowned upon by the
medical profession as it once was. Treatments such as acupuncture are
common, and many other forms of alternative medicine are gaining
acceptance. Even watching weekly magazine shows like Dateline on NBC,
observers can see radical alternative medicine practitioners curing
patients with terminal illnesses to the wonderment of experts. Some are
scams to be sure, but some are simply inexplicable, and professionals who
witness the events tend not to endorse them, but neither do they dismiss
them.

Part of the reason for the increase in acceptance of alternative medicine
is the recognition of the powers of the mind over the body. There is
increasing evidence that a patient’s attitude can sometimes shape the
physical response, and this in part helps to illustrate why alternative
medicine is more well received than it used to be. A patient who believes
he or she is doing better, often will.

Before going out to walk on coals or ingest an ear tuft of a koala
though, it is important to do some research into the practice or
practitioner one is considering for advice. Alternative medicine, by its
definition, is not regulated and that leaves a lot of room for quacks to
take advantage of people’s ills to make a quick buck. Don’t rush into
anything, and if it appears shady, do not partake of it.

				
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