Let’s call it complementary
Looking at how medicine is practised throughout the whole world, it's quite hard to define exactly what constitutes ‘alternative medicine'.
In the West we've become so orientated to a drug and operation system of care we assume it's the gold standard or sole way.
There is no doubt the quality of many patients' lives and longevity have benefited from the modern Western perspective of care, but increasing numbers of people, including many doctors like myself, feel these methods do too little to prevent ill-health, hence our straying elsewhere for solutions.
We, as a society let alone a profession, have to take environmental and especially dietary issues more seriously.
I find it very reassuring that increasing numbers of GPs are becoming less blinkered and look forward to others' views on the subject of what should be called complementary medicine – a far more appropriate title than alternative medicine.
Dr James Anderson, Ferring, West Sussex