From the Greek words allos, meaning “other,” and pathos, meaning “disease or suffering,” methods for treatment of disease that attempt to counteract the disease or cause of the disease directly.
According to Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, allopathy or allopathic medicine is an incorrect term used to differentiate the traditional practice of Western medicine from alternative therapies, such as homeopathy.
Rudolph Ballentine, M.D., deﬁnes allopathic medicine in Radical Healing: Integrating the World’s Great Therapeutic Traditions to Create a New Transformative Medicine as “operating according to the Law of Contraries or opposites, in contradistinction to those approaches that are based on the Law of Similars, which are referred to as homeopathic. Treating a fever with cold, for example, is allopathic.”
What is Alternative medicine?
Any method, technique, or practice that promotes the restoration of health and well-being that is not included in conventional, or traditional, Western medicine. Alternative medicine as an entire ﬁeld maintains there is a mind-body connection that has an important impact on one’s ability to prevent illness, regain health, and create a biopsychosocial balance.
Homeopathy, chiropractic, Ayurveda, herbal medicine, acupuncture, aromatherapy, and reﬂexology are among the numerous choices of alternative medicines available.
A trend has begun to combine traditional Western medical modalities with one or more alternative treatments, depending upon the condition and needs of individual patients and the effectiveness of the treatments.