The principles of alternative medicine are rooted in ancient healing methods combined with modern medicine to treat and prevent illness.
In most cases, alternative medicine excludes prescription drugs and tends to focus on the use herbs and other forms of natural healing. This form of healthcare comprises a diverse array of specialties and sub-specialties that tend not to rely on standard or conventional methods for treatment. These include naturopathic medicine, complementary medicine, acupuncture, herbal therapy, aromatherapy, holistic medicine and many more.
The common denominator among these specialties is the belief that the body has the ability to heal itself, making the goal of the alternative medicine practitioner to educate patients on nutrition and to encourage lifestyle changes that bring the body back into balance while curing itself of illness. In addition, a mixture of ancient remedies and modern medical technology may be used to restore health without the use of major surgery and medications.