It’s an assumption of singularity: alternative medicine is believed to be defined by one practice, with all of its techniques thought to be identical. There’s no distinction. It’s all instead the same.
This is wrong.
Alternative medicine is classified by a variety of ways and these must be understood:
One: Medical Practices. While the alternative field is defined by many procedures, there are still established systems to find. These are formed by their own rules. Consider Traditional Chinese medicine, for example, which has specific standards that must be followed. Its individual practices may be used by any physician, but those who rely on it must integrate them all.
Two: Mind Medicine. The body is a collection of sensations, the impulses of the brain — this is what sparks mind medicine. This practice believes that healing can be earned by controlling thoughts and channeling attention. Though it has received criticisms for its reliance on spirituality, many physicians have used it in conjunction with conventional techniques.
Three: Herbal Healing. Nature can’t be denied and herbal healing seeks to prove it. With this method patients are offered botanical remedies and vitamin injections. The intention is to cure ailments without chemicals; and all substances are therefore derivative of herbs. This is most commonly used as a supplemental technique.
Four: Body Practices. Not all injuries can be cured with pills. Some instead demand manipulation, and body practices are therefore to be considered. The most familiar of all alternative methods, this medicine doesn’t rely on prescriptions; it instead relies on movement. Chiropractic techniques, massage and acupuncture are all used. They each address specific pains within the body (such as spine, joints and more).
Five: Energy Practices. The human body is composed of more than skin. It’s instead shaped to electromagnetic currents, pulsations. This is the belief of energy practices and they seek to harness ions, soothing their patterns to ensure healing is increased. There’s no evidence to support this method but it has gained much attention in the recent years.
Alternative medicine is not a simple process. It’s instead defined by different techniques, theories and expectations.