List of people in alternative medicine
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This is a list of people in alternative medicine who are notable for developing, founding, inventing, promoting, marketing, commentating or researching on alternative medicine.
- Albert Abrams - inventor of Electronic Reactions of Abrams "technology", dynomizer, oscilloclast and radioclast.
- F. Matthias Alexander - founder of the Alexander Technique
- Edward Bach - founder of flower essence therapy and the Bach flower remedies.
- Juliette de Bairacli Levy - veterinary herbalist.
- William Horatio Bates - founder of the Bates Method alternative approach to eyesight improvement.
- Henry G. Bieler - American physician and author of Food is Your Best Medicine, known for diet-based healing and treatment of Hollywood celebrities.
- Braco (gazer) - Croatian said to be able to heal with his gaze.
- Paul Bragg - known for the Bragg Health Crusades, the Bragg Healthy Lifestyle, deep breathing, water fasts, organic foods, juicing and listening to one's body.
- Charaka - is one of the founders of Ayurveda.
- Mantak Chia - claimed healer and author of books on "Taoist sexuality".
- Hulda Regehr Clark - wrote a series of books including The Cure for all Diseases, advocating extreme dietary practices and "zapping" of parasites.
- Deepak Chopra - Endocrinologist and Ayurvedic Medicine Practitioner, who writes popular books on health and spirituality.
- Nicholas Culpeper - an English physician, author of the early seventeenth century Culpeper's Herbal
- Lorraine Day - critic of conventional medicine.
- Deepak Acharya- proponent of Herbal Formulation from India
- John Diamond - Developer of Behavioral Kinesiology (now called Life-Energy Analysis), a system based upon Applied Kinesiology, incorporating the emotions.
- Sylvester Graham - known for Graham Crackers and founded Grahamism.
- Stanislav Grof - one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology, a pioneering researcher into the use of altered states of consciousness for purposes of healing & growth, founder of Holotropic Breathwork
- Max Gerson (October 18, 1881 – March 8, 1959) was a German physician who developed the Gerson Therapy, an alternative dietary therapy, which could cure cancer and most chronic, degenerative diseases. Nutrition-based Gerson Therapy, who – over thirty years of successful clinical work – was able to prove that all chronic degenerative diseases have two underlying causes: dietary deficiency and toxicity.
- Samuel Hahnemann - founded homeopathy.
- László Harasztosi – psychic, bioenergeticist, and alternative medicine practitioner
- Michael Harner - synthesized shamanic beliefs and practices from all over the world into a system now known as neoshamanism.
- Hakim Syed Karam Husain - Unani physician
- Hakim Syed Fazlur Rahman - Unani physician
- Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman - Unani scholar
- Gustav Hemwall-Prolotherapist
- John Harvey Kellogg - promoter of colon therapy at the Battle Creek Sanatorium in Battle Creek, Michigan.
- Will Keith Kellogg - inventor of corn flakes in 1894 and manager of the Battle Creek Sanitarium.
- Sebastian Kneipp - Bavarian priest who began the Nature Cure movement (1890s). Chiefly known for his contributions to hydrotherapy.
- Louis Kuhne - promoter of hydrotherapy, especially hip and sitz baths
- George Lewith - Leading UK advocate for complementary medicine and professor at Southampton University.
- Benedict Lust - Founder of naturopathic medicine in the United States. Purchased the rights to the term "naturopathy" from John Scheel.
- Maria Sabina - Mexican healer, mystic leader of Mazatec people.
- Caroline Myss - American medical intuitive, mystic and author
- Devi Nambudripad - founder of NAET, controversial allergy treatment
- Daniel Palmer - founder of chiropractic.
- B. J. Palmer - son of D.D. Palmer and known as the "developer" of chiropractic.
- Linus Pauling - coined the term "orthomolecular medicine" and advocated the use of Vitamin C to prevent or treat viral respiratory diseases, Lipoprotein(a) associated atherosclerosis, and cancer, along with several other megavitamin therapies for mental illness. Pauling was however not a general supporter of alternative medicine.
- Vincent Priessnitz - developed a system of water cures.
- Wilhelm Reich - founder of Orgonomy.
- Hari Sharma - co-author of "Letter from New Delhi" 
- Herbert Shelton - founded the Natural Hygiene movement.
- Bernie Siegel - American MD and author who promotes cultivating one's attitude toward healing.
- Rudolf Steiner - founded anthroposophical medicine
- Andrew Taylor Still - founded osteopathy.
- P.K. Santhakumari - Founder, Matha Ayurveda Eye Hospital
- Dana Ullman - Most notable proponent of Homeopathy in the United States (b. 19510
- Mikao Usui - founded Reiki during the early twentieth century in Japan.
- Alberto Villoldo - psychologist and medical anthropologist, founder of The Four Winds Society and Healing the Light Body School
- Andrew Weil - founder of Integrative Medicine and author.
- J. R. Worsley - founder of Five Elements school of acupuncture.
- Frances Wright - active in the American Popular Health Movement of the 1830s and 40s.
- Yellow Emperor (Huang Di) - culture hero historically credited as the founder of traditional Chinese medicine.
- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - the founder of Transcendental Meditation.