What is Alternative medicine. The meaning of Alternative medicine pronunciation Alternative medicine definition Alternative medicine How to say Alternative medicine
Alternative medicine , fringe medicine , pseudomedicine or simply
questionable medicine is the use and promotion of practices which are
unproven, disproven, impossible to prove, or excessively harmful in relation
to their effect — in the attempt to achieve the healing effects of medicine.
They differ from experimental medicine in that the latter employs responsible
investigation, and accepts results that show it to be ineffective. The
scientific consensus is that alternative therapies either do not, or cannot,
work. In some cases laws of nature are violated by their basic claims; in some
the treatment is so much worse that its use is unethical. Alternative
practices, products, and therapies range from only ineffective to having known
harmful and toxic effects.
Alternative therapies may be credited for perceived improvement through
placebo effects, decreased use or effect of medical treatment (and therefore
either decreased side effects; or nocebo effects towards standard treatment),
or the natural course of the condition or disease. Alternative treatment is
not the same as experimental treatment or traditional medicine, although both
can be misused in ways that are alternative. Alternative or complementary
medicine is dangerous because it may discourage people from getting the best
possible treatment, and may lead to a false understanding of the body and of
Alternative medicine is used by a significant number of people, though its
popularity is often overstated. Large amounts of funding go to testing
alternative medicine, with more than US$2.5 billion spent by the United States
government alone. Almost none show any effect beyond that of false treatment,
and most studies showing any effect have been statistical flukes. Alternative
medicine is a highly profitable industry, with a strong lobby. This fact is
often overlooked by media or intentionally kept hidden, with alternative
practice being portrayed positively when compared to "big pharma". The lobby
has successfully pushed for alternative therapies to be subject to far less
regulation than conventional medicine. Alternative therapies may even be
allowed to promote use when there is demonstrably no effect, only a tradition
of use. Regulation and licensing of alternative medicine and health care
providers varies between and within countries. Despite laws making it illegal
to market or promote alternative therapies for use in cancer treatment, many
practitioners promote them. Alternative medicine is criticized for taking
advantage of the weakest members of society. For example, the United States
National Institutes of Health department studying alternative medicine,
currently named National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, was
established as the Office of Alternative Medicine and was renamed the
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine before obtaining
its current name. Therapies are often framed as "natural" or "holistic", in
apparent opposition to conventional medicine which is "artificial" and "narrow
in scope", statements which are intentionally misleading. When used together
with functional medical treatment, alternative therapies do not "complement"
(improve the effect of, or mitigate the side effects of) treatment.
Significant drug interactions caused by alternative therapies may instead
negatively impact functional treatment, making it less effective, notably in
Alternative diagnoses and treatments are not part of medicine, or of science-
based curricula in medical schools, nor are they used in any practice based on
scientific knowledge or experience. Alternative therapies are often based on
religious belief, tradition, superstition, belief in supernatural energies,
pseudoscience, errors in reasoning, propaganda, fraud, or lies. Alternative
medicine is based on misleading statements, quackery, pseudoscience,
antiscience, fraud, and poor scientific methodology. Promoting alternative
medicine has been called dangerous and unethical. Testing alternative medicine
that has no scientific basis has been called a waste of scarce research
resources. Critics state that "there is really no such thing as alternative
medicine, just medicine that works and medicine that doesn't", that the very
idea of "alternative" treatments is paradoxical, as any treatment proven to
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