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Ayurveda is an alternative medicine to what?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
8 doctors agree

In brief: Ayurveda…

…is the traditional medicine practiced in india; it is considered an alternative medicine to western allopathic/osteopathic medicine, which arose from greek & european traditions.

In brief: Ayurveda…

…is the traditional medicine practiced in india; it is considered an alternative medicine to western allopathic/osteopathic medicine, which arose from greek & european traditions.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: "Alternative"

In general, "alternative" medicine is called that because most of it is deemed outside the range of conventional training.
So it is "alternative" to conventional treatment. Ayurveda, classical homeopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, energy medicine such as reiki, functional medicine, etc, are some of the systems seen as "alternative." interest in these approaches is growing anyway!

In brief: "Alternative"

In general, "alternative" medicine is called that because most of it is deemed outside the range of conventional training.
So it is "alternative" to conventional treatment. Ayurveda, classical homeopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, energy medicine such as reiki, functional medicine, etc, are some of the systems seen as "alternative." interest in these approaches is growing anyway!
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care

In brief: Proven vs unproven

By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine.
Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. They therefore remain "alternative". Be careful and watch your wallet.

In brief: Proven vs unproven

By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine.
Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. They therefore remain "alternative". Be careful and watch your wallet.
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Dr. Erik Borncamp
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