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Most Common Alternatives To Traditional Medicine

When it comes to medicine and ways to treat illness, the treatment for each ailment may vary by culture. Throughout the years, many alternative methods became so effective for some people, word of the healing power of ancient techniques spread far and wide.

There has long been a debate on whether or not alternative medicine truly benefits a person. But here is a list of alternative medicines that many medical professionals swear by:

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1. Acupressure

Think of this as the less pointy cousin of acupuncture. No needles are involved in this method practitioners use their hands, elbows, and feet to apply pressure along the points of your body’s meridians. The theory behind acupressure states that “meridians are channels that carry life energy (qi or ch’i) throughout the body.”

It is that when these meridians are ‘blocked’ or ‘out of balance,’ a number of both spiritual and physical illness can occur. Practitioners believe that wellness can be restored when the meridians are balanced, allowing energy to flow freely again.

Research has already shown a positive result in chemo patients. Those treated with acupressure experienced a decrease in nausea symptoms after treatment and a decrease in pre-surgery anxiety was also observed.

2. Acupuncture

Thanks to the advent of the internet and a general ignorance of the subject, most people think ‘needles’ the instant they hear the word acupuncture. The word itself is not in reference to the needles used, but the procedures involved in stimulating and treating various parts of the body.

Used by millions of Americans each year, the practice still has its share of controversy despite the popularity in treatment regimens.

While there have been studies showing it helps with chronic pain and depression, the jury is still out on this one.

3. Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is “the use of aromatic plant extracts and essentials…,” a simple practice used to promote healing. These essential oils can be extracted in concentrated form from the roots, leaves, seeds, and blossoms of plants.

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Feel free to put these oils in a diffuser and let it fill the room with fragrance. Or you can massage it into the skin. On the off chance you have food-safe oil, you can put a drop or two under the tongue.

They can be used to treat inflammation or infection, some simply to promote a feeling of relaxation. Studies suggest many other benefits such as pain reduction, a decrease in levels of depression and anxiety. More research is necessary before a definite conclusion can be drawn.

4. Ayurvedic Medicine

This form of medicine, which originated in India has existed for thousands of years. Its practices use various techniques involving herbs, massage, and specialized diets to promote the well-being of mind, body, and spirit.

Because there are such a variety of treatments, studies find it difficult to validate Ayurveda as an effective treatment system.

If it’s existed for this long and people are still practicing it today, then perhaps there is more to it that we can see.

5. Balneotherapy

A fancier name for hydrotherapy, it is a therapeutic form of alternative medicine that could have existed since 1700 B.C.E. In Balneotherapy, it is believed that water can treat a variety of skin conditions such as acne and swelling in addition to relieving pain and lowering anxiety.

Those who advocate it say balneotherapy can boost the immune system, but until more research is done, how well it works remains inconclusive.

6. Biofeedback

Biofeedback is one of the more interesting forms of alternative medicines. The reason being, it teaches people techniques to control things like heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tension, and skin temperature.

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A biofeedback therapist works with patients to help them learn the necessary relaxation techniques and mental exercises. Even more interesting is how medical professional concede it does work well as treatment, research is inconclusive as to how or why it works so well.

7. Reflexology

Reflexology is “a system of massaging specific areas of the feet, hands, ears, and sometimes other parts of the body.”
It is believed that each pressure point on the body is connected to different organs and systems. Pressing on these in the right way is believed to improve an individual’s health. You can practice the system of treating yourself or enlist the help of a professional.
Some studies suggest it can also reduce fatigue and improve sleep quality, while other studies have drawn limited conclusions.

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