Pacific Spirit

Alternative Health
November 1, 2003

By Brian Howard Picture a devotee of alternative health methods—chiropractic, acupuncture, yoga, and the suchlike—and you'll likely imagine the hippie type with incense burning and a tape of forest sounds playing in the background. Think again: Alternative health may one day become a misnomer, as more Americans seek care outside of traditional allopathic methods, i.e., drugs and surgery. Alternative health principles—prevention, natural remedies and treating the whole body rather than individual parts—have existed throughout the world for centuries, yet have only gained a foothold with mainstream health institutions in America in the last 20 years. There may be no better indicator of the