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Alternative Medicine

About Alternative Medicine

Acupuncture is being performed on a patientIn the contemporary United States, the phrase alternative medicine has come to mean virtually any healing or wellness practice not based within the conventional system of medical doctors, nurses, and hospitals. The concept of alternative medicine encompasses an extremely wide range of therapeutic modalities, from acupuncture to yoga. These practices derive from different cultural traditions and scientific premises. Medicines such as herbal and homeopathic remedies differ radically from those typically prescribed by mainstream physicians. Some medical professionals staunchly dismiss a number of alternative techniques and theories as quackery. Yet taken as a whole, the alternative sector of the health field is enormously popular and rapidly growing. (Opposing Viewpoints)

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  • Consider researching a specific alternative treatments such as acupuncture, holistic medicine, etc.
  • Is hypnotism effective in pain relief?
  • Discuss the success of using alternative medicine in treating HIV/AIDS, autism, a particular cancer, etc..
  • Can alternative medicine coexist with conventional medicine?
  • Discuss the effectiveness of medicine used in a specific culture such as China, India, a specific Native American tribe, etc.
  • What types of holistic medicines are the most effective?
  • Should health insurance cover alternative medical therapies?
  • Will the destruction of the rain forests have an effect on the discovery of new therapies?
  • Do alternative cancer therapies work?