Alternative Medicine Online

Millions of Americans are experimenting with non-traditional medicine, convinced that there may be something to it. Although alternative medicine wasn't featured on 48 Hours: Desperate Measures, the subject is fascinating, especially to those desperate people who have not found a cure in traditional medicine.

There is, not surprisingly, a plethora of information on the Web on alternative medicine and healing. Below you'll find some good places to start your online search into this fascinating, confusing topic.

Ask Noah About Alternative Medicine: This site covers every conceivable aspect of alternative medicine. It features a well-organized layout from which viewers can extract information on specific ailments, healing therapies, medications, and health service providers.

Dr. Bower's Home Page: Presented by the Dogwood Institute, this long alphabetical list of subjects covers a virtually endless series of alternative and complementary medicine topics. From magazine articles to the most recent health research, you'll find what you need here.

The Alternative Medicine Homepage: This page describes itself as a clearinghouse for (take a deep breath) information on unconventional, unorthodox, unproven, or alternative, complementary, innovative, integrative therapies. Through this page, viewers can gain access to a number of government resources and databases.

All This natural health and longevity resource center has information on natural health, alternative medicine, complementary medicine, longevity, healing methods, and holistic health. It also has an article index and a comprehensive guide to herbs and nutrients.

Health World Online: This Web site is a good source of information on alternative medicine. Topics such as "Integrating Alternative & Mainstream Medicine" and "Alternative Approaches to Specific Health Conditions," coupled with a professional referral network, consumer laboratory services, and columns from experts, make this a valuable resource.

Healing Heart Center: The Healing Heart Center is a non-commercial site dedicated to providing information about alternative and spiritual healing. Strongly focused on physical healing techniques, the site also has a multitude of links, healing stories, and topics related to death and dying.

National Center for Alternative Medicine: The Office of Alternative Medicine was established by Congrssional mandate in 1992 to facilitate the evaluation of alternative medical treatment modalities. The site is a broad source of information, containing the latest news and research in the field.

International Healer Gene Egidio: Profiled on 48 Hours: Desperate Measures, Egidio claims to have helped heal thousands of people. His site provides a broad look at his work and his philosophy. You won't find a photo of him, though. He says that some people use his photo to help the healing process. He offers it for sale on his site.

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