Top 4 Alternative Medical Practices

It doesn’t matter what affliction you’re suffering from, there are two ways you can approach it. You can either visit a doctor or try alternative medicine. Any medical practice that brings about healing effects, but is not recognized by the medical profession is termed as alternative medicine. These may include old age practices such as homeopathy, or new age practices such as chiropractic. Alternative medicine is usually looked through the prism of doubt and skepticism. However, their non intrusive nature has made these practices quite popular among patients. Here, we count down the 4 most popular alternative medical practices.

No. 4: Homeopathy

Homeopathy was created by German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1796. It’s based on the principle of “like cures like”, which dictates that a substance that causes harmful symptoms in a healthy person can be used to cure a sick person suffering from the same symptoms. Homeopathic treatments differ based on individuals, as they’re used to balance the patient’s body to eradicate diseases. Herbal medicines along with practices such as Yoga and meditation are used to bring about balance to the body.  Medical professionals consider homeopathy to be a pseudoscience. However, the Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine states that almost 2% of the U.S. population follows this practice.

No. 3: Yoga

Having originated in Ancient India, yoga has spread to other parts of the world. It was brought to the west in late 19th century by Swami Vivekananda. Yoga is a form of physical exercise that uses stretching, breathing techniques and meditation for improving health. Yoga has been known to cure body pain and improve blood circulation. Long term uses can reduce stress, control blood pressure and prevent symptoms of diabetes and asthma. According to Harvard Medical School, more than 7% of the U.S. population practice yoga.

No. 2: Massage

People get massages to relax and unwind. However, it is known to have other medical benefits. Chiropractors use it as a technique to cure pain and ease tensions, by manipulating muscles. A study undertaken by the University of Miami has shown improved immune function in HIV patients after massage therapy. Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine also states that certain types of massage therapy can ease the symptoms arising from cancer treatment. It can also help athletes by reducing muscle soreness, treating disorders such as tennis elbow and improving overall performance.

No. 1: Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine dating back thousands of years. Practitioners of this procedure use thin needles to control the qi (chee) flow of a patient to cure certain medical conditions. There are about 400 acupuncture points through which a patient’s qi flow can be manipulated. The World Health Organization supports the use of acupuncture for treating over 28 medical conditions. The Mayo clinic also recommends acupuncture for pain, nausea and headache. With over 3 million U.S. citizens using this procedure, it has become the most famous form of alternative medicine.

All of the alternative medical procedures mentioned above should be used only after consulting a doctor. It would be wise to use these procedures in conjunction with modern medicine to get the best possible results.


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