Your Very Own Guide To Alternative Medicine

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Before you go running to one of the traditional medical facilities near you; a health center or hospital, why don’t you try some of the newer forms of medicine that everyone has been talking about lately?

The field of alternative therapies is diverse: It encompasses practices spanning diet and exercise changes, hypnosis, chiropractic adjustment, and acupuncture. Alternative medicine is defined as any practice that is put forward as having the healing effects of medicine, but is not founded on evidence gathered using the scientific method. Standard care is what medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy, and allied health professionals, such as nurses and physical therapists, practice. Simply put, persons swear by these practices without having done detailed scientific research. It is considered unorthodox by the logical, research dependent persons of the medical community.

Who uses alternative medicines and why?

Many persons are open to trying out the alternative forms of medicine being discovered. Modern folks are quite open to everything. Some elderly persons in society have been practicing those alternatives methods of medicine without having realized it. They may have done so due to lack of financial resources. They found that they could not afford a doctor’s visit so decided to try something else.

Others act as critics. They try these holistic medicines, doubting its healing abilities. It’s an act to disprove the powers of such medicines.

People who like going to their medical practitioners resort to the use of alterative medicines when suffering from a rare illness. When the science community fails to identify an illness in a difficult case, then individuals concede to these alternatives. They are looking for their cure.

Alternative methods of medicine helps persons feel better. It reduces the effects of their symptoms. It gives persons the sense that they are utilizing nature’s products for their benefit. They become more aware of the effect that the natural environment can have on them and the benefits they offer. The side effects that traditional medicines provide from the technology being used or the pharmaceuticals are at higher levels than those of traditional medicines. However, it should be noted that depending on what medical conditions a person might have, even natural remedies and other alternative therapies can sometimes cause adverse side effects.

Traditional physicians tend to be limited in their time affordability. When pressured by insurance companies and packed waiting rooms, the amount of time invested in learning a patient’s history is reduced. Alternative medicine practitioners, because of different philosophies and fee structures, typically place greater emphasis on one-on-one attention.

Some examples of alterative medicines are:

 Acupressure:

Practitioners use their hands, elbows, or feet to apply pressure to specific points along the body’s “meridians.” According to the theory behind acupressure, meridians are channels that carry life energy (qi or ch’i) throughout the body. Acupressure might decrease nausea for chemotherapy patients and reduce anxiety in people scheduled to have surgery.

 Acupuncture

This consists of penetrating the skin with thin needles by a practitioner or electrical stimulation. This is done to relax the muscles.

 Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy uses essential oils (concentrated extracts from the roots, leaves, seeds, or blossoms of plants) to promote healing. The oils can be inhaled, massaged into the skin or (in rare cases) taken by mouth, and each has a specific purpose.

 Balneotherapy

Also known as hydrotherapy, balneotherapy involves the use of water for therapeutic purposes. It is based on the idea that water benefits the skin and might treat a range of conditions from acne to pain, swelling, and anxiety.

 Chiropractic

The practice focuses on disorders of the musculo-skeletal and nervous systems, including pain in the back, neck, joints, arms, legs, and head. The idea is that joints’ movements become restricted when surrounding tissues are injured either during a single event or through repetitive stress. Chiropractic adjustments of the affected area are intended to restore mobility and loosen the muscles, allowing the tissues to heal and the pain to resolve. Studies of chiropractic generally affirm its efficacy, with research suggesting the practice can decrease pain and improve physical functioning.

The traditional science has met its match. There are many others and the list keeps growing as persons become increasingly daring and more adventurous. Test these alternatives and be sure to let me know if they actually work.

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Kennita Leon Rose


Kennita's funky style of writing has only blossomed since she discovered her passion for reading. In her downtime, she loves chillaxing with her friends and letting loose. This grown-up flower child, who hails from the Caribbean, can definitely hang with us any time.