There is a great interest in alternative medicine. However, the confusion seems to be just as great.
Therapies that are based on unexamined, unorthodox or unscientific principles, methods, treatments or experiences are usually referred to as "alternative". "Alternative" medicine is usually based on metaphysical beliefs.
Alternative medicine is based on the unity of body, mind and soul as well as the self regulating and healing powers of the organism.
It is not easy to apply objective standards to alternative medicine. The reason it is so difficult is because most of these standards are based on perceptions which are beyond the scientific-medical world view.
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Alternative Medicine versus Conventional Medicine: common preconceptions
Alternative medicine has the reputation of being "natural" whilst conventional medicine is usually associated with the terms "unnatural" and "chemical". This kind of differentiation is not possible. Even conventional medicine uses medication that is extracted from plants and animals.
Alternative medicine is ineffective, conventional medicine is effective:
A series of alternative medical techniques have already been integrated into conventional medicine after their effectiveness has been proven. Not all effects of alternative medicine can be explained with the placebo-effect. There are many positive reports of experiences which cannot be ignored. Nevertheless it is important not to overestimate the effectiveness of alternative medicine. Alternative medicine is not suited for the treatment of serious health conditions. However, alternative medicine can be used as a supportive measure when treating serious ailments with conventional medicine.
Natural medications are better and more tolerable than chemical medications:
Herbal extracts contain the active agent as well as a multitude of other active agents in alternating concentration. Pure herbal medications can therefore also be harmful to the body. There are, for example, many plant toxins that exist in nature.