The term Alternative Medicine means any form of medicine that is outside the mainstream of western medicine or conventional medicine as practiced a majority of doctors today. Although, many alternative medicine and therapies have been around for centuries our culture still lives in the dark ages when it comes to options or techniques offered to their patients.
The truth is that not all western medicine works. We hear everyday that medicine offered to help treat or cure patients has more side effects than the ailment that brought them to the doctor in the first place. And unfortunately here in the U.S. our insurance companies fall right in line with the Doctors and fail to provide alternative healing options and coverage as well.
Meaning that we are left to do the research on our own to find alternative medicine and alternative therapies to help us heal our entire body, mind and spirit. We have so many options out there for us to choose from and with a little bit of research we can find the right fit for ourselves.
When searching for alternative therapies, keep an open mind. You never know what will work for you unless you try it. And many of these therapies offer free consultations or special promotions for first time clients. Be sure to call and ask if they offer any programs or if they take Health Savings Accounts to help you cover your cost.
Many of these alternative therapies deal with healing the whole client and not just the symptoms. Meaning that they deal with the deeper issues that may have cause the problems in the first place. Whatever ails you there are options out there for you to help you heal.
Fine needles are inserted at specific points to stimulate, disperse, and regulate the flow of vital energy, and restore a healthy energy balance. In addition to pain relief, acupuncture is also used to improve well being and treat acute, chronic, and degenerative conditions in children and adults
Using “essential oils” distilled from plants, aromatherapy treats emotional disorders such as stress and anxiety as well as a wide range of other ailments. Oils are massaged into the skin in diluted form, inhaled, or
placed in baths. Aromatherapy is often used in conjunction with massage therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, herpetology, chiropractic, hypnotherapy and other holistic treatments. Many books can be found on this topic to make for easy ability to peruse this on your own.
Chinese (Oriental) Medicine
Oriental medical practitioners are trained to use a variety of ancient and modern therapeutic methods – including acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, heat therapy, and nutritional and lifestyle counseling – to treat a
broad range of both chronic and acute illnesses.
The chiropractic views the spine as the backbone of human health: misalignment’s of the vertebrae caused by poor posture or trauma cause pressure on the spinal nerve roots, leading to diminished function and illness. Through manipulation or adjustment of the spine, treatment seeks to analyze and correct these misalignment’s.
A means of bypassing the conscious mind and accessing the subconscious, where suppressed memories, repressed emotions, and forgotten events may remain recorded. Hypnosis may facilitate behavioral, emotional, or attitudinal change such as weight loss, or smoking cessation.It is also used to treat phobias, depression, anxiety, stress, and as an adjunct in the treatment of illness.