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Course 4005 Assig 5.

Tutor: Nina Kuzmicz

By: Angela Rubio



  • Introduction
  • Thesis
  • Definition
  • Importance
  • Benefits of Alternative Medicine
  • Types
  • Objectives
  • Advantage and disadvantages
  • Conclusion
  • References


Alternative medical therapies encompasses a variety of healing methods and therapies around the world that are historically not included in conventional western medicine and that are not all recognized or licensed in all countries. Many aspects of this medicine have their origin in ancient indigenous healing systems, such as those of China, India, Africa and the American continent. Many of these treatments are popular and currently some are used in hospitals and are covered by insurance companies, such as acupuncture and chiropractic treatments. Due to the interest and the increasingly frequent use of this type of medicine, more and more medical faculties include information on alternative and complementary medicine treatments, such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, chiropractic treatments and homeopathy.

Alternative medical therapies is based on two main pillars: on the one hand, in the use of natural components that are obtained directly from nature and that combined result in various medications that are obtained in different formats (drops, sprays, creams, etc. On the other hand, alternative medicine also resorts to therapies and non-invasive treatments that are structured around meditation and relaxation systems since it is believed that many of the current ailments and complications suffered by people are related to stress and the daily habits of life.


The development of alternative medical therapies over the centuries, today allows these practices are very common and provide welfare to patients. It is also a representative feature of many peoples perform these practices for generations.

  • Definition

The expression alternative medical therapies defines the therapeutic practices carried out through ancestral knowledge and that pass as inheritance of generation in generation. These practices are presented as non-invasive treatments and their main function is to maintain healthy mind, body and spirit. The most common practices are acupuncture, chiropractic, ozone therapy, massage or homeopathy.

  • Importance

Alternative medical therapies is important as a secondary route to traditional medicine. It is known that by the means and methods established by the first, many ailments, conditions or diseases that the human body can develop will not be resolved as they require interventions or deeper care. However, it can be useful to treat not all serious conditions that have to do with the most superficial health of the person, for example, flu, anxiety disorders, digestion problems, etc. The controversy about the importance of alternative medicine assumes that yes it does not really cure any problem but rather serves as a stimulant on the mind of the individual.

It is important to point out that alternative medicine does not have as much scope as western medicine to solve more complex cases in which direct intervention is necessary. In this way, resorting exclusively to alternative medicine can delay the resolution of a disease situation and even worsen it.

  • Benefices

Alternative medical therapies based on medicinal herbs can be used to treat a large number of health ailments, such as diabetes, heart problems, skin problems, allergies and respiratory problems. Herbs can help deal with the problem of obesity and also promote good health.

Acupuncture is another form of alternative therapy that has captured worldwide attention. Joint pain, depression and nicotine addiction can be successfully cured with the help of acupuncture treatment. Many people around the world use acupuncture treatment to treat mental illness. People who resort to alternative medications can end up incorporating a healthy lifestyle through the exercise of yoga, meditation and other physical activities that are known to offer lasting health benefits. People can enjoy these exercises for physical, mental and spiritual gains. it is an alternative of economic health accessible to people of scarce economic resources.

  • Types

These therapies have been practiced for centuries all over the world. Traditional alternative medicine may include:

Acupuncture: consists of the insertion of filiform needles in certain points of the skin. They are very thin needles and most of the time the puncture is painless. Depending on the process to be treated, the age of the person treated and their initial state, the needles can remain implanted between 10-30 minutes. The effect can be almost immediate, although to appreciate a clinical improvement usually several sessions are required

Homeopathy: homeopathy is a therapeutic method that is based on the law of similarity or similar, which states that a substance that causes certain symptoms in a healthy person, in small amounts, can cure the same or similar symptoms in a sick person.

Naturopathy: naturopathy is included in the field of alternative medicine and is applied when there is a previous medical diagnosis. It is designed to complement and support traditional medicine. He conceives disease as a set of imbalances in the patient's energy field, and for this reason he focuses not only on relieving symptoms, but on helping the organic and emotional whole to achieve balance or healing. It is based on the vital capacity of the organism to regenerate itself, and it looks for the cause of the origin of the disease, instead of looking for only a symptomatic relief.

Chinese or oriental medicine: this medicine is based on the concept of "chi" (or vital energy) balanced, which is believed to run through the body of the person. Those who practice this medicine propose that the "chi" regulates the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical balance and is affected by the opposing forces of "yin" ("negative" energy) and "yang" (positive "energy"). According to traditional Chinese medicine, the disease occurs when the flow of chi is disturbed and there is an imbalance of yin and yang. The components of these types of medications include herbal and food therapies, physical exercises that restore health, meditation, acupuncture and reparative massages.


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