In general, alternative treatment is not a part of standard western medicine. However, many mainstream doctors today recommend some kind of complementary alternative treatment for treating complicated diseases.
Doctors believe that complementary and alternative medicine benefits patients in many ways. It may help patients to cope with pain, stress, and emotional symptoms in some people.
7 Alternative Treatment Methods
Alternative and complementary treatment methods are often a diverse set of treatment options that include diet, exercise and lifestyle changes. When these methods are used alongside Western medicine, they often speed up healing or benefit the patients, and are called complementary medicine.
Some of the ancient methods include herbs, spices, meditation, and unusual techniques like aromatherapy, hypnosis, and yoga, which are often mysterious and ambiguous techniques. Below we will discuss 7 complementary alternative treatment methods.
When we think of acupuncture, we tend to think about needles. However, acupuncture is actually the method of stimulating several points on our body. The best way of stimulating these points is to go under the skin with a needle and with electrical charges, controlled by a trained practitioner.
Aromatherapy is a unique method of treatment that uses scented essential oils extracted from several parts of plants. The oil is often massaged into the patient’s body, but it can also be inhaled or ingested as required (always consult a trained practitioner and your doctor). These treatment options help patients relax, reduce pain and treat inflammation or infections.
Ayurveda was invented in India, and it has been around for thousands of years through generations of healers and practitioners. Ayurveda has gained popularity around the world because of its simplicity. It can be practiced by anyone, anywhere, anytime, and every day. Ayurveda is not only a treatment option, but it’s an entire healthy lifestyle that can be tailored for each individual patient.
Biofeedback teaches patients to control their involuntary bodily processes, such as heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, skin temperature and muscle tension, and improve their health. For example, a patient may be able to keep high blood pressure or hypertension under control. Patients can learn to relax, and ease pain, headaches, control high blood pressure and chronic pain.
Chiropractic is a widely used alternative method of treatment. This method focuses on the musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders, in addressing physical pain issues. Most commonly, a chiropractic practitioner treats pain in the neck, arms, legs and joints. The most common procedure done under a chiropractic practitioner’s care, is spinal manipulation or adjustment.
Homeopathy works in a similar way as a vaccine works. The medicine given in small amounts are to cause mild symptoms of the disease, which the body fights and heals naturally. It works on the principle that a medicine given in a large amount that causes adverse reactions can be used to treat diseases when taken in small amounts. This idea is sometimes used in conventional medicine as well.
Naturopathy practitioners rely on the healing power of nature. There are some Naturopathic Doctors who receive training in both naturopathy and also mainstream medicine. Naturopathy treatment uses all natural methods, herbs, and lifestyle to treat illnesses, avoiding if possible surgery or harsh chemicals. This approach reduces the risk of side effects.
These are some of the most popular alternative treatment methods used around the world today. Some of these methods are developed through centuries by ancient healers. There has been a great deal of research done and lot more studies are going on to understand them. However, one thing is clear that these methods do help patients to reduce stress, relax, ease pain, and help them heal faster, when used alongside a modern treatment.
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Source: Alternative Health Concepts