Find out what to expect when you visit these four common alternative-health doctors.
Have you considered looking into alternative-health treatments but weren’t sure where to begin? Start with finding a doctor that best suits your health needs. Use this guide to learn the differences between an osteopathic doctor, chiropractor, naturopathic doctor, and homeopathic doctor to get a better idea of the method of medicine that seems right for you.
Homeopathy is a largely pseudoscientific practice based on the idea that like treats like. This means using infinitesimally small amounts of a substance that normally causes disease to treat that very same disease. Homeopathic doctors use compounds found in minerals, plants, and animals to heal their patients. However, almost all legitimate studies that have examined these treatments have found them to be no better than a placebo at treating illness.
On top of that, many of the treatments fail to provide any good evidence of how their treatments would conceivably cure the illnesses in question. While these treatments will often do no harm, recognize that almost all of the benefit gained is a result of the placebo effect, not the supposed medicinal effects of the treatment.