Americans began to turn to practitioners of a new alternative medicine—homeopathy—in the 1830s when cholera spread across America and doctors had little power against it. It is believed that more than 150,000 Americans died during the two pandemics between 1832 and 1849. Another 50,000 died in the fourth pandemic of 1866. Unlike established and known treatments, homeopathy is based on the idea that “like cures like.” People noticed they had a better chance of surviving with homeopathy—and it became very popular in the 19th century.

In the 20th century, however, antibiotics and open heart surgery rendered homeopathy obsolete. But, incidents like the thalidomide tragedy of the 1960s caused a loss of faith in mainstream medicine. Once again, America turned to alternative medicine. Today, 40 percent of Americans use alternative or complementary medicine, including acupuncture, homeopathy, hypnosis, and yoga, as part of their health care.

Do you use any of these in your health care? Please share in the comments, and be sure to check out the infographic below by to learn how ObamaCare may make use of alternative medicine.

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