Alternative medicine is a term that describes medical treatments that are used instead of traditional (mainstream) therapies. Miller, whose practice specializes in integrated orthopedics and internal medicine specialties focused on immune therapy, autoimmune diseases, cancer, and viral conditions. Despite the integrative medicine trend, Braman said future doctors in the United States are still primarily taught to consider pharmaceutical options first and this will not change overnight.
Duke Health declined repeated requests for interviews about its rapidly growing integrative medicine center, which charges patients $1,800 a year just for a basic membership, with acupuncture and other treatments billed separately. This term can be confusing because in the western part of the world conventional medicine could be considered to be a traditional medicine.
I think it was considered a milestone in accepting acupuncture in medical practice,” says Eric Manheimer, an administrator of the Cochrane Collaboration’s Complementary Medicine Field. If they can provide you comfort, then alternative medical options are worth a try.
I always say: Lyme is the most controversial disease in the history of medicine. I was in high school at the time, and I knew about alternative medicine from my father, a family physician. I discovered that there are studies that show how food can have an impact on cancer and other diseases,” said Saxe, who got his Ph.D. in nutrition, then decided to go to medical school and focus on oncology.
Other alternative medicine programs, like hypnotherapy or homeopathy, are typically geared toward those with an ND (or MD) and come in the form of diplomas or certificates. Graduates are prepared for medical- and health-related graduate programs and careers in holistic health care, Naturopathic medicine, mind-body therapies, and other healing occupations.