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Since the dawn of man, medicine has been practiced and perfected. Even as technology has evolved, some therapies and medicines that were relied upon a millennia ago, are still used today despite the advances in the field.
The words alternative medicine are very broad and sometimes controversial. This is because, in some countries in the world, what we consider complementary medicine, they see as traditional medicine, or the norm.
There are some who embrace different types of alternative medicine as a companion to traditional or western medicines.
Before the turn of the 19th century, most medicines that were used in the mainstream pharmaceutical industry came from plant life and herbs. It wasn’t until the turn of the century when plant-based medicines were replaced with the synthetic medications that we know today.
What Are Alternatives to Medicine?
There are many alternatives to traditional medicine, most of which center around body manipulations, or holistic approaches such as homeopathy chiropractic care and acupuncture.
The alternatives to traditional, or western medicine, focus on holistic approaches such as detoxification and the rejection of synthetic medications that some alternative medical practitioners believe are the cause of all our illnesses.
Other alternatives include yoga; naturopathy. ASMR, Kinesiology, Reiki healing and some believe in prayer as a form of spiritual healing.
There are many who wholly believe in the holistic approach to healthcare. The principles of holistic medicine are the following:
To reach optimum health: With appreciation for the mind, body and soul; one can achieve optimum health and be cured of all illness, both spiritual and physical.
Love through healing: Holistic medicine healthcare practitioners put their heart and soul into treatment plans; with love, you too will be healed.
Looking at the person as a whole: Your body is one. If the mind is not right; then the body suffers.
Endowed powers of healing via the body and mind: The holistic approach dictates that all persons have the power to heal so long as they know how to tap into that healing energy that is in us all.
Types Of Alternative Medicine
There are many types of alternative medicine out there. Each has a following; but not many can show results based evidence to support themselves as standalone medicine.
ASMR: Healing through soothing sounds that trigger a response in your brain.
Chinese herbal medicine: Ancient herbs used by themselves or sometimes in conjunction with western medicine. 1.8 billion people use Chinese herbs as complementary medicine on a daily basis for minor ailments, but there is not enough research to show its strength against cancer or HIV.
Kinesiology: this is the practice of clearing the qi from one’s body that has been backed up and is now causing issues to the body through its meridians which are the vessels that one’s life force travels through. When these meridians are blocked, patients will experience illness.
Stepping back to Chinese medicine, there are many people out there who will float to natural products to help them feel better or be cured of an illness. Some common examples include:
- Eating chicken soup when one has a cold
- Taking echinacea or other supplements to ward off colds or flus
- Antioxidant based plants and foods to reduce bloating and inflammation
There are many other herbal supplements out there, and natural products that are utilized by persons who for whatever reason do not wish to participate in mainstream pharmaceuticals. Mainstream medicine such as depression medication, which some use St. John’s Wort instead of the synthetic options amongst other examples.
Mind and Body Therapies
Mind and body therapy techniques are in popular demand amongst those with muscular or spinal issues such as pinched nerves, slipped discs and other elements that affect the muscles or bones.
Depending upon one’s case it can be hard to find the right traditional treatment so we spinal injury sufferers we’ll flock to alternative medical treatments such as the following:
- Massage therapy
- Reiki healing
- Chiropractic Care
- Heat therapy
- Tai Chi
Being in a position where medication does not work is debilitating, so one can not blame a suffering patient for looking into alternative medications.
Alternative Medical Systems
Alternative Medical Systems is a blanket term for what we have already discussed in this article its systems of medical treatment that go against the norm or the popular method of medication as the case may be.
Manipulative and Body-Based Methods
Some body-based methods or manipulative methods include of course as previously mentioned acupuncture and chiropractic care, but there are also the services of an osteopath to help with manipulations of the body to promote healing.
Energy therapies include reiki, ASMR, spiritual guidance sessions, kinesiology and other therapies that don’t require the patient to be directly engaged with.
Alternative medicine is nothing to be afraid of, but further research needs to be conducted so that with time, alternative medicine may be accepted into the mainstream.