I practice alternative medicine, but what is alternative medicine, what is it all about? Well definitions abound and some of them are quite bias in what they have to say.
A standard dictionary says:
“Any of a range of medical therapies that are not regarded as orthodox by the medical profession, such as herbalism, homeopathy, and acupuncture.”
While the often flawed Wikipedia has this to say:
“Alternative medicine, fringe medicine, pseudo medicine or simply questionable medicine is promotion or use 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.” Wikipedia (I disagree completely with their definition, RL).
I personally talked to one doctor who referred to the practice of alternative medicine as “Witchcraft”. These negative descriptions lead me to the conclusion that these folks really don’t know anything about alternative medicine and what it is about.
In reality, alternative medicine, (when offered by qualified practitioners), is the oldest and most proven and arguably the safest method of treating illnesses having far fewer side effects. They are treatments that are offered that are outside of what Mainstream Medicine offers and therefore seen by some as flawed or fake.
Now I freely acknowledge that there are fakes and shysters out there offering cures for literally every illness or dysfunction. I have an antique bottle with a label that proclaims it as “Dr. Smith’s Snake Oil,” it claims to cure about 20 different diseases. I know it is a fake and you would also simply by reading what it claims it can do.
Alternative Medicine Today
When it all began alternative medicine was taught by life experience. One person’s experimented with plants and found that they were successful in treating certain illnesses. They in turn passed what they had learned on to someone else. Often they were called a Medicine man or woman, a Shaman or in some cases even a Witch Doctor, (simply because people didn’t understand what they were doing). They would take apprentices and train them in the ways plants interacted with our bodies.
Today things have changed considerably as far as teaching and learning alternative medicine. There are a number of schools available for those who wish to learn about alternative medicine. I attended one myself, “Dr. Christopher’s School of Natural Healing.” You can attend classes at the school or take online classes also; however the final classes must be completed at the school to become a Master Herbalist. I have not progressed to the Master Herbalist level yet, but I am a “Certified Family Herbalist” at this point. That’s much like having a Junior College degree in herbal medicine.
Is Alternative Medicine to be trusted?
From my experience with alternative medicine, it is very trustworthy. Alternative medicine takes in many branches of study, a few being herbalism, homeopathy, and acupuncture. Each of these branches has long and proven track records of safe and successful interactions with people.
Here is the thing about the definitions and preconceived notions some have, they have so tainted the views of some that even the FDA will not allow practitioners to claim that they cure disease or illness. I read very recently of an Herbalist being arrested in Tennessee for claiming a salve he made would cure some skin ailment. It seems that simply using the word, “Cure,” can have very negative results.
Yet, I became personally involved with Herbal Medicine and Homeopathy through the practice of my family doctor while living in a third world country, (He was also an orthopedic surgeon trained in the United Kingdom). He took care of my problem then and later when we moved back to the United States my lung cancer was cured using alternative medicine only.
You see, it is more than just studying plants, you also study the human body, how it is put together, how it works, all the way down to the cellular level. Certified or Master herbalist may not be licensed by most states, but a good one has trained extensively.
So yes, Alternative Medicine can be trusted! It is proven and practiced around the world!
You can click on the link on the side of this post or check out a few resources below:
The Herbal Legacy of Dr. John R. Christopher, M.H., N.D.
This site is full of good information about illnesses and herbs that will help.
The best source for herbal education and home to all of Dr. Christopher’s writings.
A Healthier You Radio
Listen to the archives of David & Fawn Christopher’s weekly radio show, A Healthier You.