Traditional medicine with its root seated deep in history has a sharp difference from alternative medicine. Of course, traditional alternative medicine is older than what we call unconventional or non-Western medicine. Yes, you have got that right; it does not follow the traditional science and research that current medicines undergo. As a matter of fact, alternative medicine could be termed, complementary and the traditional medicine or the therapies which can be integrated into current medicine. Well, that does not mean the Indian board of alternative medicines fake or the alternative medicine fake. Alternative medicine has a strong base and is based on the holistic science of maintaining the natural equilibrium. It is also pertinent to mention here that the staff of the National Library of Medicine of the United States has classified alternative medicine under the category of complementary therapies in their Medical Subjects Heading Section. Treatments such as acupuncture, dieting, meditation and physical therapy like exercises or yoga, etc has been termed as alternative medicine. Yes, they are called complementary when used along with conventional treatments. And when they are done in place of conventional treatments, they are called as the alternative treatments.
Well, it was in April 1995, the panel of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, worked on Definition & Description of alternative medicine. Typically the panel defined them as those healing resources, which encompass all health systems and practices, which are strikingly different from the dominant health system of the society or culture. Today, alternative medicine has a staggering base. In fact 20 years ago insurance did not pay for them as they were considered as “alternative and ineffective.” However, situations have changed for the better and today thousands of people have been helped by alternative medicine such as chiropractic care. In fact a similar movement is underway in the nutritional supplement and nutraceutical industry.
It’s time for some cool facts now – in the 2004 survey done by the National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine of the United States revealed the fact that 36% of Americans used alternative medicine in 2002. Also in the recent time a number of educational institutions and universities have been offering state of the art courses in homeopathy, Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, acupuncture, and naturopathy. In fact a number of career fields in this medical science have been also emerged at a phenomenal pace. However, you should dig out an accredited University to take your career further.
Indian board of alternative medicines is duly registered by the Government of West Bengal under Act XXVI based on the Central Government Act XXI of 1860. IBAM is also affiliated to the International Association of Educators for World Peace (Consultative Status with UN ECOSOC, UNICEF and UNESCO) and the Indian Committee of Non-Governmental Organizations of the United Nations.
The Accreditation papers are available on http://altmedworld.net/ibam_recognition_accreditation_validity.htm