Alternative Medicine

white and brown ceramic figurine
Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on November 24, 2022 and last updated on August 1, 2023

The topic of alternative medicine, a diverse and fascinating field, presents English learners with an excellent opportunity to enhance their language skills.

Engaging in discussions about alternative medicine expands vocabulary related to wellness, ailments and treatment methods. Analyzing cultural perspectives and scientific research nurtures critical thinking and language fluency.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Alternative Medicine

Alternative medicines are those products or practise that are used together with or instead of standard medical care.

Complementary and alternative medicine may include acupuncture, homeopathy, naturopathy, massage therapy, magnet therapy, spiritual healing or meditation.

The majority of alternative medicine users find these healthcare alternatives to be more congruent with their own values, beliefs and philosophical orientations toward health and life.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • heal (verb)
  • alternative (adjective)
  • succesful (adjective)
  • controversial (adjective)
  • therapist (noun)
  • useless (adjective)
  • useful (adjective)
  • complementary (adjective)
  • philosophy (noun)

Conversation Questions

My Image
  • Have you ever used a form of alternative medicine?
  • What was your experience or what do you think it would be?
  • If you have not used alternative medicine, are there any forms of it that you might consider using?
  • Do you know anyone who uses alternative medicine on a regular basis?
  • What do you think is the most common of alternative medicine? What do you know about it?
  • Why do you think some people decide to try alternative medicines?
  • Why do you think alternative medicines are so controversial?
  • Can you think of the pros of using alternative healing?
  • What are the cons of using alternative medicine?
  • Do you think Yoga or meditation should be considered alternative medicines?
  • Do you think practising Yoga or meditation could harm you in some way?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.