Why alternative medicine is winning out against conventional medicine.
It is gratifying to see that alternative health care is helping to reshape health care. Through patient's needs and demands, we will work together to create a health care system that will work.
Despite bearing the brunt of years of mockery from mainstream medicine, alternative remedies continue to gain popularity among Americans who actually want to cure their illness and improve their health.
According to researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 40 percent of Americans today utilize some form of treatment that is not officially taught in Western medical schools.
In response to the growing popularity of alternative treatments back in the early 1990s, Congress passed legislation to fund a new division of health called the Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM). And in 1998, Congress officially established the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) to act as a liaison between the scientific community and the public in matters relating to alternative medicine. Since that time, NCCAM has helped to provide scientific backing for many alternative treatments such as chiropractic and acupuncture that have become increasingly more popular amongst the mainstream public. Though not always in full support of every alternative and natural remedy out there, the center provides a wealth of useful information about many therapies, and it has helped increase the popularity of non-conventional treatments.
Alternative medicine includes a lot more than massage therapy and back adjustments, though. Finding natural ways to cure allegedly incurable diseases is part of alternative medicine as well, and increasing numbers of people are turning to alternatives for the treatment of serious illness.
Some of these participants are recognizing that alternative health care is much more than merely just symptom relief. The recognition that alternative health care is really doing what it takes to stay healthy. A lifestyle where one learns the basics of health maintenance and disciplines themselves to accomplish this. Many of the participants, through past experience, realize that it is much better to be healthy than sick. A lifestyle of healthful activities pays a far greater benefit than waiting to be sick.
We welcome you to continue on this path. Your future will be much brighter.