What is alternative medicine?
According to a study conducted in 1997, 42 percent of Americans used one or more methods of treatment that are not taught in medical schools and are not practiced in American hospitals. Compared with 1990 this figure rose 8 percent. Although the vast majority of respondents (95%) tried to solve their health problems through traditional medicine, only less than 40% decided to tell their doctors about alternative treatment. It can be concluded that with alternative medicine at us that something is wrong.
More than half of Americans are paying for their treatment entirely on their own. In 1997, for an alternative treatment were spent 27 billion dollars – almost as much as traditional medical services. In 1997, Americans are 629 million visits to alternative healers. It – ponder upon this figure — about 243 million more visits than in conventional hospitals. Although since that time, similar studies have not been conducted, it is safe to say that the popularity of alternative medicine among Americans is growing. This is a truly great business.
The medical community can no longer ignore alternative therapies. The interest of the audience is very large and is constantly increasing. Dostatochnoe on bookstore shelves, filled with books, the health food stores and numerous clinics offering alternative services to understand that this interest should not be underestimated. In other words, Americans want something more than traditional medicine.
Why do people turn to alternative medicine?
Some turn to doctors and healers for the same reason. For example, with chronic pain and are struggling with pain, and with the help of acupuncture and other nontraditional methods. Other patients expect from each approach something of their own. For example, they turn to their family doctor to fight infection with antibiotics, and then go to alternative healer, to improve natural immunity through a healthy lifestyle. Some of those who are subject to chemotherapy, use meditation and visualization to cope with the side effects of medication used. People using traditional and alternative methods of treatment, make your own choices and are willing to take responsibility for their own health (see table).