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Alternative Medicine Schools - Making the Grade

Some in the conventional medical community may argue that alternative medicine is pseudoscience, but in all actuality, alternative medicine schools are beginning to enlighten society not only with their comprehensive curriculums, but also with scientific research that proves otherwise.

Alternative medicine schools have come of age in the past half century as more consumers are migrating toward non-invasive, natural medicine. Even traditional medical doctors are beginning to integrate alternative and complementary therapies into their patient services.

It's not a matter of alternative medicine being better than conventional medicine; it's just that in some cases, alternative medicine schools (through research) have discovered that treating patients as a "whole" and not just the disease, may sometimes be more conducive for healing to occur. While many people may have the same disease, there are multiple natural medicines that can be applied to meet the independent needs of each individual. More specifically, the belief that one conventional medicine therapy can treat and/or cure ALL disease is not an absolute truth.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (a division of the National Institutes for Health), in cooperation with a number of alternative medicine schools and complementary medicine schools, has performed extensive clinical trials and research in a variety of alternative therapies and treatments.

Just recently, it was discovered that the integration of complementary or alternative medicine in nursing (with therapies such as acupuncture, herbal supplements and other natural remedies), allowed patients to achieve a higher quality of life.

Furthermore, alternative medicine schools and other interdisciplinary studies have demonstrated, through clinical experiments, that "...evidence now support the idea that deficiencies or imbalance in certain highly unsaturated fatty acids may contribute to a range of common developmental disorders including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)." This particular study demonstrated that the addition of ALA-rich nutritional supplementation (flax oil) provides "a significant improvement in the symptoms of ADHD was reflected by reduction in total hyperactivity scores of ADHD children."

As a major contributor to health care, alternative medicine schools also play an integral role in the scientific community (as do most traditional medical colleges) by striving to find curative agents and treatments for common illness, diseases and other disorders.

In addition to lowering health care costs, alternative medicine is also gaining headway with some health insurance providers that offer CAM coverage in certain areas such as chiropractic and acupuncture. Also, because quality alternative medicine schools are accredited and provide in-depth curriculums as well as standard coursework, the professional medical community has taken note of advancements that are being made every day in the alternative medicine industry.

If you are thinking about enrolling in an alternative medicine school, visit our Natural Healing Directory to find more in-depth information and resources. You will also find information about Alternative Healing Schools, Healing Arts Schools, and other Complementary Medicine Schools.

Reference: PMID: 16314082 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]