Common Types of Alternative Medicine

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If you have been considering using alternative medical treatments, then you have likely come across what’s known as alternative medicine. In other cases, you may have heard others refer to it as complementary or integrative medicine. You’d be surprised to find that nearly half of the American population has tried to use at least one form of alternative medicine. If you’re uncertain about what types of treatments are considered alternative medicine, you’re not alone. This is why a guide of the most common alternative medical therapies is practical. You should keep reading to learn more about how these can benefit you if conventional medicine is not readily available.

Common Alternative Medicine Options

Acupuncture

The chances are that you’ve seen this healing therapy being used many times before. It’s been lauded for its benefits to heal painful physical symptoms. The use of sterile needles to stimulate specific points all over your body dates back to ancient China. It’s been used for many centuries and continues to gain traction in the modern Eastern and Western parts of the world. This pain management alternative programs your body to heal itself. But, it can also be effective in treating other conditions such as infertility and a wide range of mental health illnesses. It’s essential to use a trusted professional due to the nature of risk potential being inconclusive.

Energy Therapies

Many people believe that there is an energy field that exists around them. If you believe in the healing power of energy, you’re not alone. There are three different types of energy healing therapies. These can be summarized as follows.



  • Magnetic field therapy has been used to treat various musculoskeletal issues.
  • Reiki is used to speed up your healing through your body’s natural energy.
  • Therapeutic healing is used to balance your disturbed energy field.

Herbal Medicines

When you think about it, everyone relies on plants to heal from illnesses. The thing is that even pharmaceutical companies use plants to create their products. However, some people prefer to use organic plants as a source of medical care. Studies have shown that plants are not only effective but also safe to treat various health issues. Yet, you need to ensure that you’re buying the right kind of herbal supplements. The fact is that many suppliers are not vetted by any professional bodies and sell herbal products. Therefore, the responsibility should be on you to know the standard of anything that you consume.

Chiropractic Medicine

A trained chiropractor focuses on your body’s structure with particular reference to your spine and how it supports your health. There are various techniques that are used to manipulate your body parts so that they are adequately aligned. The main goal of this treatment is to improve your body’s function by easing your pain.

In summary, traditional medicine isn’t the only way that you can get your body to heal. The great news is that there is a low risk of side effects from using these alternative medicine treatments. More and more people are trying to find out more about these alternatives as they move away from the confines of traditional medicine. Moreover, the dependency on pharmaceutical products to ease pain when you can teach your body to heal itself is a compelling reason to try out these natural ways of pain management.

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