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Alternative and Complementary Natural Health Information
Many people have lost patience and confidence in the limitations of symptom-based treatments. They are seeking to find drug-free, non-invasive treatment plans that involve identifying and correcting the underlying cause of disease, rather than just treating symptoms. Consequently, many people with illness and injury are turning to clinics that offer both alternative and physical medicine.
Such wellness facilities typically focus on a personalized, whole person (holistic) approach to healing disease and injury. People are relying more and more on therapies such as:
- Chiropractic care
- Herbal healing
- Massage and energy healing techniques
- Relaxation techniques
- Rehabilitative therapies
- Nutritional counseling
These healing modalities may succeed where all else has failed. Even people who have been skeptical in the past are warming to alternative approaches that acknowledge the healing connection between mind and body.
About Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Alternative medicine is a broad, all-inclusive term that includes an array of holistic techniques for preventing and treating illness. Some alternative therapies, such as those from Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, have long, venerated traditions in Asian cultures. Additionally, healing protocols using herbal and homeopathic remedies were used with excellent success worldwide long before Western medicine developed pharmaceutical therapies.
Though alternative medicine is still somewhat controversial in some respects, many medical schools are including courses in alternative medicine in their curricula, and health maintenance organizations are now covering specific alternative therapies. The term “complementary medicine,” which highlights a partnership between Western and Eastern-based treatment options, may be a preferable way to refer to holistic alternative treatment protocols.
Although a broad range of treatments fall under the umbrella of alternative or complementary healing, at the heart of each individual therapy is one guiding principle which, in essence, places focus on preventative care and maintenance, and takes a holistic view of a person’s physical, psychological, and emotional health.
Benefits Complementary Treatments Can Provide
You might be wondering what you can expect from alternative and complementary healing therapies. These treatments may provide many benefits, including:
- Decreased muscle tension and nerve pain
- Reduced inflammation and swelling in the body
- An overall decrease in pain
- Stimulation of the immune system, leading to better disease resistance
- Fewer headaches
- Better sleep quality
- Improved digestion
- Fewer injuries during competitive and leisure sports activities
- Less gynecological issues for females
- Reduction in stress; increased relaxation and calm
- Less mental health issues such as such as depression and anxiety
- Increased energy levels
As with many health conditions, the treatment effects can vary depending on the severity of the issue. Many patients may feel relief immediately or after only a few sessions. Depending on the extent of the injury or illness, the duration of the condition, and the individual patient, relief may last anywhere from a few hours to several weeks as the root cause of your injury or illness is being healed.