Alternative Medicine Overview


It seems alternative medicine is sweeping the country. Newspapers, magazines, books, TV -- it's starting to look like a fad. But the truth is, alternative medical treatments have been around in this country for centuries and promise to be with us for as long as people need healing.

There are traditions that go back millennia, and there are relatively new schools of thought based on recent discoveries. Some are still the primary health care systems in their native lands, and some have struggled to be recognized throughout their existence. The one thing they have in common, though, is that in this country, they have been relegated to the margins of medicine.

To understand what alternative medicine is, you have to know what it's an alternative to. In the United States, the medical establishment consists of a system of medical schools, hospitals, and M.D.s that many would call traditional medicine. But there is really nothing traditional about it. In fact, traditional medicine would be a better description of many of the alternative therapies in this article -- time-honored beliefs and practices relied on for generations.

Perhaps a better name for alternative medicine would be “traditional medicine.
Perhaps a better name for alternative medicine would be “traditional medicine”
because some of its practices have been around for centuries.

Conventional would be a better word to describe modern Western medicine, often called allopathic medicine. It is predominant in most of the Western world because it is the convention, the mode of thinking that is currently in vogue. That is not to say that allopathic medicine is just a fad. It is a valuable resource for health and healing, but it is not the only one. It is one system among many.

All of this may seem like a pointless discussion of words -- allopathic, alternative, conventional, traditional -- but the way we talk about them can mean a great deal. People's access to health care options -- and even who will pay for what -- depends on what people say about different modes of therapy.

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However, more and more, patients, insurance companies, and even conventional doctors are recognizing the value of alternative therapies. Meditation managing high blood pressure without drugs, biofeedback treating bowel disorders without surgery, and mind/body medicine giving hope and quality of life to the terminally ill are just a few examples of the benefits of alternative medicine that conventional medicine simply cannot offer.

Nothing can replace a well-informed health care consumer, and no one knows this better than doctors and practitioners. Knowing your options is part of being well informed, but so is communicating with your practitioner effectively. In the pages that follow, you will dozens of articles describing how to treat various conditions with alternative medicine.  Use these articles to access information and practitioners; use it to discuss options with your health care provider; share it with family and friends who might be looking for alternatives. Become well-informed and turn that power into good health. Let's get started on the next page with an examination of alternative medicines for women's health issues.

Alternative Medicine for Women

Traditional medicine has done wonders for women’s health issues - such as the treatments for breast cancer and menopause - but there is a great deal more alternative medicine can offer. On this page, you will find alternative therapies for a variety of women’s health concerns from pregnancy discomfort to osteoporosis.

There are a number of alternative medicines for women’s health issues, including pregnancy discomfort.
There are a number of alternative medicines for women’s health issues,
including pregnancy discomfort.

Alternative Medicines for Bladder Infections
Alternative Medicines for Fibrocystic Breast Disease
Alternative Medicines for Menopause
Alternative Medicines for Osteoporosis
Alternative Medicines for Pregnancy Discomfort
Alternative Medicines for Premenstrual Syndrome
Alternative Medicines for Uterine Fibroids
Alternative Medicines for Varicose Veins
Alternative Medicines for Yeast Infections



Alternative Medicine for Men

Though men do not have nearly the amount of gender specific health problems as women, there are some areas where alternative medicine can help. On this page, you will find alternative therapies for men’s health issues.

 

Alternataive Medicines for Impotence Alternative Medicines for Enlarged Prostate Herbal Remedies for Men
Home Remedies for Impotence
Home Remedies for Prostate Problems
Home Remedies for Shaving Discomfort

There are a number of alternative medicines to help with men’s health issues, such as impotence and shaving discomfort.
There are a number of alternative medicines to help with men’s health issues,
such as impotence and shaving discomfort.

Alternative Medicine by Condition

On this page, you will find an alphabetical listing of all of our alternative medicines, sorted by condition:

Alternative Medicines for Acne Alternative Medicines for AIDS
Alternative Medicines for Alcoholism and Drug Addicion
Alternative Medicines for Allergies
Alternative Medicines for Alzheimer's Disease
Alternative Medicines for Anemia
Alternative Medicines for Anxiety
Alternative Medicines for Arthritis
Alternative Medicines for Asthma
Alternative Medicines for Back and Neck Pain
Alternative Medicines for Bladder Infection
Alternative Medicines for Bursitis
Alternative Medicines for Cancer
Alternative Medicines for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Alternative Medicines for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Alternative Medicines for Colitis
Alternative Medicines for the Common Cold
Alternative Medicines for Constipation
Alternative Medicines for Depression
Alternative Medicines for Dermatitis
Alternative Medicines for Diabetes
Alternative Medicines for Diarrhea
Alternative Medicines for Diverticular Disease
Alternative Medicines for Ear Infection
Alternative Medicines for Fever
Alternative Medicines for Fibrocystic Breast Disease
Alternative Medicines for Gastroenteritis
Alternative Medicines for Headaches
Alternative Medicines for Heart Disease
Alternative Medicines for Heartburn
Alternative Medicines for Hemorrhoids
Alternative Medicines for Herpes
Alternative Medicines for High Blood Pressure
Alternative Medicines for Impotence
Alternative Medicines for Incontinence
Alternative Medicines for Infertility
Alternative Medicines for Influenza
Alternative Medicines for Insomnia
Alternative Medicines for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Alternative Medicines for Kidney Stones
Alternative Medicines for Lupus
Alternative Medicines for Menopause
Alternative Medicines for Muscle Pain
Alternative Medicines for Nausea
Alternative Medicines for Obesity
Alternative Medicines for Osteoporosis
Alternative Medicines for Pregnancy Discomforts
Alternative Medicines for Premenstrual Syndrome
Alternative Medicines for Enlarged Prostate
Alternative Medicines for Psoriasis
Alternative Medicines for Sinusitis
Alternative Medicines for Sore Throat
Alternative Medicines for Temporomandibular Disorder
Alternative Medicines for Ulcers
Alternative Medicines for Uterine Fibroids
Alternative Medicines for Varicose Veins
Alternative Medicines for Yeast Infection