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         Alternative Medicine
Alternative medicine is a combined term used
for various methods or practices of healing
brought in practice by physicians or non-
physicians, in addition to or apart from the
conventional medicine. It is estimated that
a little over 33% of the US population uses
some form of alternative medicine that is
mainly comprised of remedies derived from
several different types of traditional and
ethnic therapies. All of these therapies
have diverse practice and/ or product based
guidelines that are not a part of
conventional Western medicine. This may
include meditation, acupuncture, prayer,
herbal supplements, chiropractors, massage
therapy and other natural medicines.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has
a separate division, called The National
Center for Complimentary and Alternative
Medicine, that looks into the research,
ethical and validation and related issues of
alternative medicine that is prevalent in
the US.
A recent statistics from the NIH shows that
as many as 36% of the American adult
population relies on one or more forms of
alternative medicine to ward off sickness or
derive other health benefits. The study
doesn't limit the use of alternative
medicine to this specific population and
shows that women, college students, former
smokers and people who have undergone
previous hospitalization are also using
alternative medicine practices. The sheer
holistic nature of alternative medicine is
what draws people to it, but despite its
widespread use and popularity, it remains
relatively understudied.
Some of the most widely used alternative
therapies in the US include biologically
based practices, mind-body medicine,
manipulative and body-based practices, and
alternative herbal medicine, Ayurveda,
naturopathy, homeopathy and energy medicine.

				
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