Choosing the Right Type of Alternative Medicine for Your Health

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There are a number of remedies and procedures that are considered complementary or alternative medicine. These are not regarded as the regular medical treatment that a physician would recommend. However, more and more people are discussing these alternatives to modern medicine because of the benefits that they offer. Using fewer chemicals, these methods work in other ways to provide the results that a person seeks.

Learning more about complementary and alternative medicine options can help people make a sound decision on what is right for them. Each has pros and cons, but it is ultimately the individuals choice on what they'd like to do about their treatment path.

What is complementary or alternative medicine?

These are methods of treatment that are not the same as western medicine.  However, many physicians are seeing the benefits of alternative medicine and starting to use alternative therapies combined with mainstream medicine that they prescribe to their patients.

Types of alternative medicine

There are many types of alternative medicine, with some being more popular than others.  As with any treatment plan, some pros and cons come with each one of them. Here are some of the more popular treatments options a patient can try:

  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Energy therapy
  • Chiropractic work
  • Herbal medicine
  • Magnetic field therapy
  • Reiki
  • Ayurvedic medicine
  • Aromatherapy
  • Hypnosis
  • Homeopathy
  • Reflexology
  • Naturopathy
  • Traditional Chinese medicine

There are different approaches to health care that can be taken

Each one of these focuses on a separate area of the body or a different approach to providing medical care, but all are considered to be alternative forms of medicine.

Alternative medical systems

Systems built on real theories and practice. Homeopathy and naturopathy, as well as traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, are conventional systems that are widely used.

Mind and body interventions

There are also therapies that use the mind and body as expressive forms, such as music, dance or art. Cognitive behavioral therapy used to be an alternative medicine but is now a mainstream medical intervention. Prayer and mental healing are also in this group.

Body manipulation

Massage and chiropractic work are both considered manipulative body-based practices. The body is being manipulated and changed to receive a specific result.

Biologically based

Herbs and food found in nature are what is often used for this group of therapies. Using herbal products and other natural products during treatment makes it biologically based.

Energy based

There are two main types of energy-based therapies. Biofield therapies are those that use the outside energy around the person such as Reiki. Those that manipulate these fields will place their bodies on or around the energy field. The other one is bioelectromagnetic based. These pick up on all magnetic, pulsing, direct or alternating current fields.

Cancer treatments and alternative therapies

Used together with mainstream medical interventions, alternative therapies can give patients a way to involve their mind and spirit, not just their body in the healing process. Mainstream medicine works to kill the cancer cells while alternative medicine works to restore the spirit and mind.

Some of the standard alternative therapies recommended by physicians for those with cancer include, but are not limited to:

  • Mind-body exercises
  • Diet supplements
  • Herbal remedies
  • Massage therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Yoga
  • Meditation

Discover solutions that can improve your health and wellbeing

There are numerous options when it comes to alternative therapies. To make a recommendation, we will first need to conduct an examination and discuss the challenges you are facing. We encourage you to take the time to schedule this appointment. 

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