List Of Alternative Medicine - List Of Alternative Medicine Techniques

At present, alternative medicine in the West includes any healing practice "that does not fall within the realm of conventional medicine." There are various types of alternative medicine techniques that are quite familiar in all parts of the world by now. The most common among them include acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic, naturopathy, herbalism, traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Unani, meditation, biofeedback, hypnosis, homeopathy, and diet-based therapies. Alternative medicine is often grouped with complementary medicine, which usually refers to the same interventions when used in conjunction with mainstream techniques. The grouping is called complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM.

Alternative medicine techniques have different foundations and different methodologies. Some such techniques are based on traditional medicine, folk knowledge, spiritual beliefs, or newly conceived approaches to healing. The claims made by alternative medicine practitioners are contested by the medical community because they lack evidence-based assessment of safety and efficacy. If scientific investigation establishes the safety and effectiveness of an alternative medical technique, it may be adopted by conventional medical practitioners. But as alternative medicine techniques mostly lack proper evidence, some want it to be defined as non-evidence based medicine, or not medicine at all.

Alternative medicine is different in different countries. For example, CAM is mostly followed by physicians in Austria and Germany, while at least 50 percent of American alternative practitioners are physicians. In Germany, herbs are tightly regulated, with half prescribed by doctors and covered by health insurance based on their Commission E legislation.

Here is a list of alternative medicine techniques (arranged in alphabetical order): acupuncture, biofeedback, Chinese medicine, chiropractic, homeopathy, hypnotherapy, massage therapy, and naturopathy. Among diagnostic specialties of alternative medicine are applied kinesiology, astrology, auriculotherapy, Chinese pulse diagnosis, electrodermal screening, energy diagnosis, hair analysis, herbal crystallization analysis, iridology, medical intuition, phrenology, tongue diagnosis and Vega machines.

Other branches of alternative/complementary medicine and techniques include: Alexander Technique, apitherapy, aromatherapy, auriculotherapy, Ayurveda, Bowen Technique, Chelation therapy, Chinese medicine, colon hydrotherapy (colonics), color therapy, Craniosacral therapy, crystal healing, ear candling, faith healing, fasting,

Feldenkrais Method, flower essence therapy, health psychology, herbal therapy, isopathy, juicing, macrobiotic lifestyle, magnetic healing, Medical Qigong, medieval Western medicine, metallic tractors, natural health, orthomolecular medicine, osteopathy, orgonomy, radionics, rebirthing-breathwork, reflexology, reiki, Rife machines, rolfing, Shamanism, Somapractic, The New Medicine of Dr. Hamer, therapeutic touch, trepanning and urine therapy.

Some countries have laws that control the use of alternative medicine techniques as some of them have been proved to produce adverse effects on their users. But as the list suggests, there are many such techniques and they are being used by a sizeable portion of the people all over the world. These people have either given up on conventional medical treatments after not getting the expected results, while many others have opted for such alternative medicine techniques because they believe they do not have any side effects.

And the list of these techniques is so long and varied, it is highly likely that many more people will try these techniques at least once in their life just for the sake of experiment.

Some of them, in all probability, get results too. In fact, the boundaries of alternative medicine have changed over time and many techniques once considered to be alternative medicine are now considered as conventional medicine.