A Brief Introduction: Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicines does not fall under the purview of Conventional Western Medicine. Alternative medicines are organic and deal with the unity of mind and body. It includes following a special diet plan and unique combination of medicines that a Convention Medical Practitioner or a Traditional Medicine Practitioner does not advice.

In other words, the alternative medicine practices goes beyond the rigmarole of usual medical practices to provide the patient with new lease of life. For instance, a cancer patient benefits more with alternative medicines than with chemotherapy as treatment.

For some time, alternative medicines were seen as unscientific or a medicinal practice without any basis but now, with extensive research in the same field, there are proven evidence of the health benefits that they provide.

Courses in ICCHAR:

At the ICCHAR, we provide the following courses:

Herbal Medicine
Yoga Therapy
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Massage Therapy
Bach Flower Remedies
Magneto Therapy
Electro Homoeopathy

Difference between Conventional Medicine and Alternative Medicine –

Conventional medicine or allopathic medicine provides cure to diseases or health problems in a three – patterned structure: Analysis, Diagnosis, and Treatment. First the problem is analyzed, and then diagnosed by giving a term to the problem and finally, medications recommended for treatment. The medications are a result of research studies and clinical trials such as surgical treatments and pharmaceutical medications.

Alternative medicine is the contribution of Eastern civilization to the world. The medical therapies have been developed more than thousand of years ago use organic or natural elements found in Mother Nature to heal and treat patients. Alternative medicine is increasingly being accepted in Western countries like USA and Europe as a mainstream medicine. The Western countries club the natural medicine and complementary medicine as one under the term CAM – Complimentary and Alternative Medicine.

Difference between Complementary Medicine and Alternative Medicine –

Most of the time, complimentary medicine and alternative medicine are used synonymously / interchangeably but they do have a difference, which is highlighted below:

Complimentary medicine is usually used in conjunction with traditional medicine. For instance, if the patient is suffering from osteoporosis then the doctor recommends usual traditional medicine compounded with naturally manufactured calcium supplements for speedy recovery.

Alternative medicine does not have any interference from traditional medicine practices. Alternative medicine uses natural substances found in our planet to form treatments like the use of herbs, natural or essential oils, and flowers and also uses treatments like acupressure, acupuncture and magnet therapy to help heal the body. For instance, if you have bone problem, you may decide to do meditation and yoga as treatment rather than visit a physiotherapist.

When medical practitioners use both the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), the person is termed as a follower of Integrated Medicine.

Integrative medicine practitioners use both traditional and alternative medicine to treat their patients. The practitioner diagnoses the ailment of the person and then chooses the right medical therapy from both the medical practices to help the patient recover.

The alternative medicine courses at ICCHAR follow current practices and aims to enhance the knowledge base of our meritorious students. Students can choose any course they like and practice after they complete their diplomas.