A Short History of Alternative Remedies
What have the Chinese been doing for over 5,000 years and the people of India for more than 6,000? The answer is that these cultures have been practicing a form of medicine based on philosophical beliefs. Generally, the Chinese base health on the balance of yin and yang. In the Western World, we are fairly new to therapies like Acupuncture, calling these practices alternative remedies. To the Chinese, it's medicine, as usual. The same can be said of the Indian Ayurvedic practices. Rooted in their Vedic culture, this holistic approach to health is something many North Americans have started embracing. In Europe , alternative remedies have been used for centuries, as well.
In the Middle Ages, you studied with Greek masters to become a physician. The wealthy had access to physicians. The lower classes had Folk Healers. Folk Healers didn't study in fine universities. Their skills were handed down from master to apprentice. The knowledge of herbs and folk remedies eventually got pushed aside for modern medicine.
In the mid 1800's, the Popular Health Movement introduced alternative therapies like Herbalism and Natural Hygiene to America . Between 1890 and 1920 Chiropractic and Naturopathy were introduced.
Is History repeating itself? Alternative remedies are now facing and meeting the challenge of the numerous chronic conditions modern life has created. Many people have decided to try new approaches to their health. While contemporary medicine continues to have a valuable place in society, more people are opting for some really old medicine.