IntroductionIndividuals often choose non-traditional or alternative medicine and techniques in substitution of conventional medicine, as a way of healing the mind and body in a natural way without prescribed standard medications. "Complementary and alternative medicine is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine" (National Institutes of Health, 2009 p.1). Nature plays a vital role in the medicine and techniques of alternative medicine. "Alternative therapies include, but are not limited to the following disciplines: folk medicine, herbal medicine, diet fads, homeopathy, faith healing, new age healing, chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathy, massage, and music therapy" (Falk Library of the Health sciences, University of Pittsburgh, 2008, p. 1). These forms of alternative medicine are used to cleanse, heal, and stimulate the mind, body, and soul of an individual.
The practices of alternative medicine have been used for centuries, long before traditional medicines and technologies were developed.
Alternative medicine has been passed down from generation to generation. "Traditional Chinese medicine, which encompasses many different practices, is rooted in the ancient philosophy of Taoism and dates back more than 5,000 years" (National Institutes of Health, 2009, p. 1). The ancient cultures of China have always linked the human body with nature and the universe as a whole. "This view is based on the ancient Chinese perception of humans as microcosms of the larger, surrounding universe-interconnected with nature and subject to its forces" (National Institutes of Health, 2009, p. 1). Because of this connection, many people refuse to use any form of medicine that is not natural.
Alternative and Traditional MethodsModern diseases including AIDS, cancer and the psychological disorders so common in modern culture have complex symptoms and are often hard to treat. In some cases, practitioners...