Patients want alternative therapies. How can hospitals offer them without putting medical integrity at risk?
Long overlooked by Western science, traditional Chinese treatments are yielding cutting-edge cures.
We’ve all seen the words “complementary,” “alternative,” and “integrative,” but what do they really mean? This fact sheet looks into these terms to help you understand them better and gives you a brief picture of the mission and role of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) in this area of research.
Maybe one day, once I have decades of experience as a doctor and further training in my area of specialization, I will be able to speak about health matters with the tone of authority of the average naturopath.
We want an alternative that focuses on health, well-being and healing.
Parents are turning to alternative medicine for understandable reasons, but a healthy dose of skepticism can go a long way.
Americans spend $30.2 billion a year on alternative and complementary medicines and procedures, including $1.9 billion on children 4 to 17 years old. None of it is covered by insurance.
When it comes to treating pain and chronic disease, many doctors are turning to treatments like acupuncture and meditation—but using them as part of a larger, integrative approach to health.
Steve Jobs may have shortened his life by delaying, for 9 months, obtaining conventional treatment for his rare cancer. In any case, it is abundantly clear that alternative treatments are no substitute for standard cancer treatment.
“Anti-GMO,” “essential oils,” “gluten-free,” “detox cleanses,” “homeopathic…” the buzzwords abound, permeating internet blogs and shaping the vernacular of today’s resurgence in so-called alternative medicine. But what explains this growing infatuation? And how, if at all, should scientists respond to it?
Readers explain why more and more people are turning to 'alternative' medicine.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be the most efficient method of transporting oxygen to every cell of the body. And oxygen is what the body needs for recuperation from trauma. Hyperbaric therapy for stroke and brain injury have not had enough trials and studies to determine their degrees of efficacy, but personal successes have been continually reported over the years, since the public became aware of this after President Kennedy authorized it for his ailing baby.
Homeopathic drugs go through no testing at all because they are nothing but highly distilled water. They are, in fact, a fraud, bunk, hoakum, a waste of time. And I’d be fine with that if they were sold as novelty items with a requisite price.
"There's no reason education on lifestyle practices or diet should be taught in alternative medicine. They should just be taught in medicine," he said over the phone, adding: "There's medicine that’s been proven to work and medicine that hasn't been proven. When something alternative has been proven to work, it becomes medicine."
So-called complementary and alternative medicine — or CAM, as it is known by practitioners and adherents — is becoming more mainstream every day.
Among the terminally ill, finding solace in the placebo effect.
Among the terminally ill, finding solace in the placebo effect.
Medicine has long decried acupuncture, homeopathy, and the like as dangerous nonsense that preys on the gullible. Again and again, carefully controlled studies have shown alternative medicine to work no better than a placebo. But now many doctors admit that alternative medicine often seems to do a better job of making patients well, and at a much lower cost, than mainstream care—and they’re trying to learn from it.
A growing number of scientific studies underscore the need for more training in and, by extension, dialogue about alternatives to conventional medicine, for a few reasons...
Your daily source for alternative health news & tips.
Blog covering the world of alternative medicine.
Citizens for Health is the national nonprofit consumer advocacy group working to broaden health care options, create an integrative health system based on wellness, and advance the freedom to make health choices.
Critical Health News brings together select alternative health voices, whose perspective and expertise offer evidence of the bodies natural ability to heal its self. Our goal is to create and gather the most meaningful health related information together as a service to give our readers the tools to empower themselves.
Family physician, NY Times best-selling author, nutritional researcher and expert on nutrition and natural healing.
Dr. Hyman believes that we all deserve a life of vitality—and that we have the potential to create it for ourselves.
That’s why he is dedicated to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of Functional Medicine to transform healthcare.
Earth Clinic® is the world's largest collection of natural remedies, holistic tips and home treatments for healthy and happy lifestyles. Founded in 1999.
This living reference site provides information based on nature’s wisdom, holistic science, and real-life experience. Its mission is to empower you to be an intelligent, discerning and responsible participant in the creation of your own health and wellness.
We believe that the little things count, that good food is the foundation of love and wellness, that the mind/body/spirit is inextricably linked and we have more control over how we express our health than we currently understand, that it’s better to buy fewer things that are better.
GreenMedInfo.com exists in order to provide convenient and open access to the biomedical research available today on the therapeutic value of natural substances in disease prevention and treatment.* Our website and video-based learning site GreenMedTV.com provides physicians, health care practitioners, clinicians, researchers and the layperson with an evidence-based resource through which the potential or actual therapeutic value of vitamins, minerals, herbs and foods can be determined.
Our clinicians corner features information about practitioners and programs supporting and promoting alternative medicine, mind-body healing, and innovative techniques to promote better health and well-being.
HealthWorld Online is your 24-hour health resource center--a virtual health village where you can access information, products, and services to help create your wellness-based lifestyle.
Welcome to your online source for information regarding wellness, holistic health, natural health care, pet care, personal growth and overall better living!
DrHoffman.com is your portal for Intelligent Medicine. Intelligent Medicine combines modern medical technology and complementary medical modalities to optimize your health and vitality. This site will empower you to take control of your health and fitness, providing you with the latest, cutting-edge medical and health information in an easy-to-digest, multi-media format.
Prescription medications can provide relief for symptoms, but they can’t change your thought patterns and help you develop new ways of thinking. Recognizing the problem, and then developing real coping techniques is the only true method of finding long term relief.
MANY HANDS, published since 1979, is a resource magazine for personal and social transformation through non-traditional approaches to medicine, bodywork, counseling and the development of intuitive abilities. The continuing operational goal of MANY HANDS is to provide information on ways of stimulating spiritual, physical and emotional vitality.
Medfinds is all about alternative medicine. You may be a patient looking for a local holistic healer, a student looking for a healing arts school, or a consumer seeking more reliable information about health; Medfinds is far more useful than a phone book; it's about finding an alternative.
It is my hope to leverage all the past ten years of work on Mercola.com into this new site to provide you and the rest of the world with a treasure trove of knowledge and health wisdom that will allow you to avoid the drug and surgery model.
mindbodygreen is a lifestyle media brand dedicated to inspiring you to live your best life.
NaturalHealthVillage.com is a blog about beauty, exercise, health, supplements, and wellness.
Natural Medicines approaches the subject of natural medicines from a completely objective and unbiased perspective. It seeks to answer questions about natural medicines by systematically identifying, evaluating, and applying scientific information. As a result, it curtails perpetuation of myths and age-old beliefs and replaces them with reliable scientific data.
The NaturalNews Network is a non-profit collection of public education websites covering topics that empower individuals to make positive changes in their health, environmental sensitivity, consumer choices and informed skepticism.
Natural Society has thousands of articles on natural health that are absolutely free to anyone, and require no subscription of any kind. From the intricate science of nutrition to the ongoing politics of health, Natural Society is here to keep you informed — and we are oftentimes the first source to predict and release vital health information that mainstream media ignores.
'Off The Grid News' is a fiercely independent, weekly email newsletter and website that is full of practical information on alternative health and other relevant issues.
PlanetThrive.com is a grassroots community for personal wellness with a focus on the health-environment connection.
I'm an herbalist/herbwife in the Anima Medicine Woman Tradition, which is to say that my practice is focused on local plants, sustainability, whole person/whole plant understandings and earthy, practical ways of teaching people to work with the plants themselves rather than being dependent on experts.
Reset.me provides journalism on natural therapies and medicines to enhance the mind, body, and spirit. Reset strives to help expand consciousness and spread more love around the world.
Alternative, Holistic, Complimentary and Preventative Health Care for People and Animals. Oriented to self care, this free educational web site is dedicated to help promote natural health for humans and their animals.
The Alliance for Natural Health USA, is part of an international organization dedicated to promoting sustainable health and freedom of choice in healthcare through good science and good law. We protect the right of natural-health practitioners to practice and the right of consumers to choose the healthcare options they prefer.
The Bravewell Collaborative exists to bring about optimal health and healing for individuals and society.
The Center teaches scientifically-validated mind-body medicine techniques that enhance each person’s capacity for self-awareness and self-care to health professionals around the world, including those in traumatized communities in the greatest need.
The Investigator’s Report.com is a cutting edge website that is designed to provide eye-opening content on a number of critically important subjects that you need to know in a world of deception and confusion. Poor health and disease has reached epidemic proportions. Millions of people are suffering and dying prematurely and paying through the roof for it. In an age of so-called “advanced” medical science these global health problems should be going down instead of escalating exponentially.
Since 1983, Townsend Letter has been publishing a print alternative medicine magazine. As a forum for the entire alternative medicine community, we present scientific information, both pro and con, on a wide variety of alternative medicine topics.
This self-help alternative medicine site offers extensive educational information on the topics of natural healing, holistic and biological dentistry.
Smart Publications, founded by John Morgenthaler, created the classic, international bestseller, Smart Drugs & Nutrients (in 1990), pioneering the concept of cognitive-enhancing substances and coining the phrase "Smart Drugs".
Wake Up World is a platform for new ideas, positive ideas, new ways forward. You’ll find nutritional advice from nutritionists who don’t have a vested interest in which product you buy. You’ll find medical research reported without the bias of big pharma companies or the governments they control. You’ll find political analysis from writers who see our current time period in an historical perspective, and who don’t conform to the status quo thinking of government-controlled media and academia. And you’ll find discussions of our burgeoning new world…. and it isn’t just sustainable and peaceful, it’s multidimensional too!
No matter what your age, Dr. Weil on Healthy Aging is where you'll find the advice, information, and support you need to begin maximizing your health and well-being.
WellBeing is the authoritative resource on natural health and living for clever, compassionate, curious people who’re seeking an authentic and soulful way of life. Through its informative, practical articles on ethical living, wholefood cooking, environmental affairs, alternative therapies, natural health and yoga, WellBeing has been inspiring and educating for more than 30 years, and continues to set the standard for its independent coverage of these areas.
Since its launch all those years ago, What Doctors Don't Tell You has been acknowledged as one of the world's very best health newsletters by several commentators, including leading publisher and health campaigner Burton Goldberg, leading holistic healer Dr John Diamond and the Holistic Health Library.
WholeHealthMD.com is dedicated to providing the best in complementary and alternative medicine. All of our information is developed by a team of leading board- certified doctors and specialists.
Non profit trusted source of non-commercial health information.
Worldwidehealth.com covers a wide range of topics ranging from Acupuncture to Yoga including 88 different categories, currently operating in six countries; United Kingdom, Ireland, United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
ACIH envisions a healthcare system that is multidisciplinary and enhances competence, mutual respect and collaboration across all healthcare disciplines. This system will deliver effective care that is patient centered, focused on health and well-being, and readily accessible to all populations.
Advances serves medical practitioners and researchers, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, RNs and other healthcare providers with the latest in peer-reviewed research, perspectives, news, abstracts, interviews and resources.
Check back here often at the Natural Health and Longevity Resource Center for the latest in natural health, alternative medicine, holistic medicine, and alternative therapies.
Ask Dr. Z - Holistic on-line alternative help for many chronic health problems!
Latitudes.org is a source of cutting-edge information that can help you reduce or avoid the need for prescription medications...
The Baseline of Health® Foundation was created by Jon Barron as a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to providing support for the research and development of natural health formulas according to the guidelines expressed in Lessons from the Miracle Doctors and to serve as an information resource on natural health alternatives.
Body Ecology is not just a diet… it's a way of life, a holistic lifestyle with a clear path to good physical and mental health. Our system of healing and health helps to restore and maintain the “inner ecology” your body needs to function properly, and eliminate or control the symptoms that rob you of the joy of living.
While this website has articles for recently diagnosed cancer patients, the main focus of this website is on identifying the very small number of the 300+ alternative cancer treatments which are strong enough to deal with the disastrous condition of cancer patients who have had extensive orthodox treatments.
The resurgence of homeopathy in the last decade in the United States is a testimonial to both the historical efficacy of this renowned medical therapeutic as well as desire of the American people to obtain the best available treatment for themselves as whole beings on all levels.
The Complementary Medical Association's primary aim is to promote ethical, responsible, professional complementary medicine to the public and the medical profession.
If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. This especially includes your health care.
This is a self-supported, advertising-free public educational site dedicated to the advancement of natural medicine
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.
The best source of homeopathic books, tapes, home medicine kits, and software.
Our Mission is to prove in the real world, with real people, and real money, that an integrative approach to healthcare has better health outcomes, and is more cost-effective, than conventional care alone.
The purpose of the Society is to further the advancement of orthomolecular medicine throughout the world, to raise awareness of this rapidly growing and cost effective practice of health care, and to unite the groups already operating in this field.
Complementary and alternative medicine is the term for medical products and practices that are not part of standard care.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine.
The National Center for Homeopathy is an open-membership organization whose mission is to promote health through homeopathy.
Established in 1955, the National Health Federation is an international consumer-education, health-freedom organization working to protect individuals' rights to choose to consume healthy food, take supplements, and use alternative therapies without government restrictions.
Information on natural health, alternative medicine, and health freedom issues. Natural health products and personal consultations with naturopathic doctors.
Naturopathic Medicine Network is an independent organization dedicated to the advancement of Naturopathic Medicine worldwide.
NOTMILK's goals are to help you find the whole truth about cow's milk and dairy quickly ... and to provide quality online resources.
Sanoviv Medical Institute is a state of the art facility that offers alternative, holistic and integrative health programs to treat a wide range of diseases. Our approach is hand tailored to suit your biochemical individuality, using a customized protocol made for you.
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S4OM was conceived in 2007 at the first national meeting of oncology massage therapists in Toledo, Ohio. Whether you’ve been personally diagnosed with cancer, are a survivor, friend or family member, a medical professional, massage therapist or someone affected in some other way by cancer, you’ve found the go-to place for all things oncology massage.