No longer considered on the fringe of mainstream medicine, Alternative Medicine is one of the fastest growing industries in the world of health and medicine.
And "the future for the alternative-therapy industry looks particularly bright in America. NCCAM continues to pay for research. Josephine Briggs, its director, says she is neither for nor against alternative treatments; she just wants to test which ones work and which do not (she is also interested in the effect of medical rituals).
But Steven Novella, a vocal critic at Yale University, argues that the centre's very existence fuels the cause. “People say, ‘The government is researching that, so it has got to be legitimate',” he complains.
Supporters of alternative medicine have two additional forces in their favour. Conventional health care has some clear failings. As Dr Weil points out, America's health-care system excels at treating sick patients but is miserable at keeping them well. The pharmaceutical industry struggles to create good, long-term treatments for pain and other chronic conditions. Many doctors are hurried or come across as unsympathetic.
Alternative practitioners spend time with patients, asking about not just their medical histories but their lifestyles. They may emphasise nutrition and exercise. Many such treatments, especially the hands-on ones, are soothing. It is unsurprising if patients feel better."
Source: The Believers, The Economist, April 14, 2012.
From homeopathy and naturopathy to acupuncture and herbal medicine, they are all here.
Alternative Medicine Foundation
Providing consumers and professionals with responsible, evidence-based information on the integration of alternative and conventional medicine.
American Board of Holistic Medicine
The American Board of Holistic Medicine was founded in 1996 and officially changed its name to the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine in 2008. The Vision of the ABIHM is to establish and maintain the highest standards of medical care, ignite and sustain the joy and passion of physicians in their work, establish the role of unconditional love as the basis of healing and support, and to recognize the importance of the health of the planet as integral to human health. The intention of this process is the transformation of medical systems towards holism, by combining science and compassion.
American College for Advancement in Medicine
The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating physicians and other health care professionals on the safe and effective application of integrative medicine.
Integrative Medicine & Holistic Health Association
Our Mission is to prove in the real world, with real people, and real money, that an integrative approach to healthcare has better health outcomes, and is more cost-effective, than conventional care alone.
National Center for Homeopathy
The National Center for Homeopathy is an open-membership organization whose mission is to promote health through homeopathy. By providing general education to the public about homeopathy, and specific education to homeopaths, we help to make homeopathy available throughout the United States.
National Health Federation
Established in 1955, the National Health Federation is an international consumer-education, health-freedom organization working to protect individuals' rights to choose to consume healthy food, take supplements, and use alternative therapies without government restrictions.
Natural Standard was founded by healthcare providers and researchers to provide high-quality, evidence-based information about complementary and alternative medicine including dietary supplements and integrative therapies. Grades reflect the level of available scientific data for or against the use of each therapy for a specific medical condition.
The Acupuncture Blog: News and Opinion of the world of Oriental Medicine.
Since 1983, Townsend Letter has been publishing a print alternative medicine magazine. As a forum for the entire alternative medicine community, we present scientific information (pro and con) on a wide variety of alternative medicine topics.
The limited awareness and understanding of the scope, power and flexibility of 'Traditional Acupuncture' both within and without the profession is the greatest challenge we face today.
Acupuncture Today is a monthly newspaper delivered to members of the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession.
New and updated articles and research about acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Acupuncture.com.au is your premier resource for Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) providing introductory information for beginners and professional resources for students and practitioners.
Advances In Mind-Body Medicine
Advances serves medical practitioners and researchers, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, RNs and other healthcare providers with the latest in peer-reviewed research, perspectives, news, abstracts, interviews and resources.
American Botanical Council
At the American Botanical Council, we are passionate about helping people live healthier lives through the responsible use of herbs, medicinal plants. We are an independent, nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information for consumers, healthcare practitioners, researchers, educators, industry and the media.
American Holistic Health Association
The American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) is the leading national resource connecting people with vital solutions for reaching a higher level of wellness. We want you to enjoy an enhanced quality of life with vitality, enthusiasm, confidence and self-worth.
Bio-TouchTM is a simple, hands-on healing technique that can be used to address all types of health concerns.
Chicken Soup Chinese Medicine
Our goals are to help you health care consumer, person who is ill, person attempting to maintain your health, physician or allied health professional, or just interested party become more familiar with the systems of medicine and healing that come to us from the East.
The Esalen Institute was founded in 1962 as an alternative educational center devoted to the exploration of what Aldous Huxley called the "human potential," the world of unrealized human capacities that lies beyond the imagination.
European Journal of Oriental Medicine
Since its foundation in the spring of 1993, EJOM has provided a forum for informed debate, clinical excellence, creative interchange and critical reflection, inspiring its readership worldwide.
Gancao.net is a little bit of everything of interest to a TCM practitioner. There are the hundreds of case studies that have come our way, some stray bits of books that I've worked on, some teaching notes and two continuing education courses available.
The place for professional Homeopathic care & other alternative specialties
Integrative Medicine Program
Education on healing-oriented medicine is at the heart of our work. If you are a patient, you will find information for both yourself and your clinician at teaching modules and patient handouts. If you are a clinician, we encourage you to read our clinical newsletters and access teaching modules and patient handouts to learn about integrative approaches for the treatment of conditions commonly seen in primary care. Consider a fellowship opportunity with us. If you are a resident or medical student, access our elective rotation curriculum.
Massage Therapy Web Central
If you are an interested consumer, a licensed massage therapist [LicMT, or equivalent], if you would like to become a LicMT and develop a professional-level practice, or if you are or you know a concientious, open-minded health professional--you, perhaps?--webmark our site and participate in the unfolding story of the MT profession online.
It is my hope to leverage all the past ten years of work on Mercola.com into this new site to provide you and the rest of the world with a treasure trove of knowledge and health wisdom that will allow you to avoid the drug and surgery model.
Naturopathic Medicine Network
Naturopathic Medicine Network is an independent organization dedicated to the advancement of Naturopathic Medicine worldwide.
Orthomolecular medicine describes the practice of preventing and treating disease by providing the body with optimal amounts of substances which are natural to the body. The term "orthomolecular" was first used by Linus Pauling in a paper he wrote in the journal Science in 1968.
Planetree is a non-profit organization that provides education and information in a collaborative community of healthcare organizations, facilitating efforts to create patient centered care in healing environments.
Qi Journal has "real" articles on the topic of Qi, written by those who are currently teaching and practicing the disciplines and who are willing to share their experiences for the advancement of others. All articles are peer-written, making this journal a wonderful adjunct to classical texts and study guides... sometimes contradictory... sometimes controversal... but always educational.
Reflexology World is the only independent reflexology magazine in the world,
and is not associated with any school, association or other institution.
It is only available by subscription and is not sold on news stands.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Health Information Organization.
The Alternative Fix
In "The Alternative Fix," FRONTLINE® examines the controversy over complementary and alternative medicine. The one-hour documentary features interviews with staunch supporters, skeptical scientists, and other observers on both sides of the alternative medicine debate and questions whether hospitals that offer alternative therapies are inappropriately conveying a sense of legitimacy to these largely untested and scientifically unproven treatments.
The future for the alternative-therapy industry looks particularly bright in America. NCCAM continues to pay for research. Josephine Briggs, its director, says she is neither for nor against alternative treatments; she just wants to test which ones work and which do not (she is also interested in the effect of medical rituals).
Worldwidehealth.com covers a wide range of topics ranging from Acupuncture to Yoga including 88 different categories, currently operating in six countries; United Kingdom, Ireland, United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.