Alternative medicine is a term that describes medical treatments that are used instead of traditional (mainstream) therapies. However, five out of these six patients who returned to the surgeons doing the study had progressed to stage IV, with a median time of follow-up of 14 months, with one death within a year. There’s some clinical evidence that homeopathy is more effective than placebos, though more research is needed to determine its efficacy.
Just because a treatment isn’t specifically covered by your insurance policy doesn’t necessarily mean it’s off the table. The techniques used in CAM are mostly less invasive than conventional medical practices, meaning that they don’t rely on surgery or conventional medications.
Normative definitions distinguish alternative medicine from the biomedical mainstream in its provision of therapies that are unproven, unvalidated, or ineffective and support of theories with no recognized scientific basis. For instance, despite growing trends toward professionalization, the practice of CAM in some countries may be exclusively concentrated among certain doctors, medical groups, or allied health professionals.
These treatment methodologies do not show relevance to any science-based healthcare system but depending on the natural practices. It says the practice has not been shown to be useful for any health-related purpose” — and adds that there is no scientific evidence that the natural healing energy” it’s based on even exists.
Treatments performed by authorized healthcare professionals, but those based on methods otherwise used mainly outside the healthcare system. Dr. Gorski’s full information can be found here , along with information for patients. But Cosgrove has stood up for the general principle of offering alternative treatments.