The term Alternative Medicine refers to any form of medicine, which is outside the conventional western medicine that is practiced by a majority of doctors today. It encompasses several forms of medicines each based on a unique concept for treating diseases and maintaining health.
An alternative system of medicine exists in all cultures and is recognized by the terms such as indigenous medicine, traditional medicine, or folk medicine. These are healing practices that date back hundred or even thousands of years depending on the culture and country from which they originated.
The most popular systems of alternative medicine include Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Bach Flower Remedies, Yoga, Naturopathy, Acupressure, Acupuncture, Magnetotherapy, Herbalism, Meditation, Shiatsu, Aromatherapy, Diet therapy, Chromotherapy, Reiki, and Hydropathy.
Most of these systems of medicine are based on the concepts that aim at curing diseases without the use of chemical-based drugs. After decades of obsession with the modern medicines, there has been a sharp rise in the number of patients giving preference to these alternative medicines for getting rid of their illnesses.
The increasing popularity of the various systems of alternative medicines can be attributed to the growing displeasure with the allopathic medicines, which are known to cause serious side effects.
Additionally, the alternative medicines have been proved to be more effective than the conventional modes of treatment especially in the treatment of chronic disorders like asthma, arthritis, and psoriasis, for which the modern system of medicine has failed to provide any satisfactory treatment. Hence, patients are opting for these traditional systems of medicine for maintaining their health and curing diseases.