Alternative Medicine

From belief in the touted curative effects of spring water and mineral baths to the purchase of quack nostrums and various popular forms of "alternative medicine," people continue the ancient quest for healing. Why do pseudoscientific treatments and "snake-oil" cure-alls seem to work? First of all, healing occurs naturally in the body, and some serious conditions, including multiple sclerosis and certain types of cancer, may undergo what is termed "spontaneous remission," whereby the disease gets better on its own, with or without treatment.

Abe Minklier, Snake-Oil Seller

Acupuncture Body Model

Aromatherapy Display

Botanical Drops

Cauterets Resort

Chiropractic Pamphlet

Chiropractor Sign

Clark Stanley

Copper Bracelet

Crystals Display

Galvanic Battery

Galvanic Battery

Heidelberg Electric Belt

Herbal Remedies

Homeopathic Remedies

Indian Root Pills

Kickapoo Indian Sagwa


Liniments Formerly Known As Snake Oil

Magnetic Insoles

Miller's Antiseptic Oil

Navajo Sand Painting

Pagosa Springs Postcard

Patent Medicine

Pinkham Collection

Rattlesnake Pete

Rattlesnake Pete's Outfits


Satirically Fake Snake Oils

Snake Man License

Snake Oil

Snake Oil Only In Name

Snake Oil Only In Name 2

Spring Water Exhibit

Swamp Root Bill

Swamp Root Bottles

Swamp Root Elixir

Tarrant's Seltzer