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


Leeches


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


Sasparilla


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


Venesection