Some experts argue that use of term complementary medicine or alternative medicine is erroneous. This is one difference between the conventional approach and that of alternative medicine, in that a practitioner of alternative medicine does not wait until the patient becomes ill enough to label them with something like Addison’s, but sees their patient’s tendencies and helps to make an early correction.
Dr. Gordon Saxe, director of research and a founding member of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, broke the news to Healthline that a grant somewhere in the $30 million range” from late philanthropist Andrew Krupp will establish an ambitious new research program at the university.
Health care professionals and future health care professionals, wellness and fitness oriented professionals and students, and interested individuals benefit from competency in understanding and critically evaluating the various practices considered as complementary and alternative or integrative.
Harvard Summer School offers several open-enrollment courses, specialized in History of Science, such as Self and Society: ”A Cultural History of Psychology”, ”Making Modern Medicine in America: A History, from 1800 to the Present” and ”Art and Science from the Fifteenth to the Twentieth Centuries”.
Yet, I know that drinking a cup of hot peppermint tea really does ease an upset stomach, and hot black coffee really does help with an asthma attack coming on. And that bit of knowledge has less side effects than albuterol inhalers or an OTC stomach medicine.