Thousands of years ago, all medicine was “alternative medicine.” In India, before modern science, healers would consider the full picture – emotional, physical, and spiritual – before healing a sick person.
This is one of the main differences between modern conventional medicine and alternative medicine. Alternative medicine does not look for the instant cure for the physical problem, rather is looks more at a long-term solution that includes the whole self.
Just a few centuries ago in Europe there were two types of healers; folk healers that used old tried-and-true methods, and professional physicians. The lower classes did not have the money to pay for the professional physicians, but they used the folk healers and it worked.
In North America and many other eastern countries of the world, philosophy and religion were often used to help folk healers provide holistic treatments.
The conventional medicine that we have today has evolved from the days of folk healers and alternative medicine. Many conventional physician support different types of holistic treatments in the overall wellness plan for their patients. The reason that alternative medicine has stood the test of time is because it works!