Alternative Health Treatments

By on May 20, 2019
Alternative Health Treatments

There are many reasons why people choose to use alternative health treatments such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, CBD capsules, homeopathy or turning to spiritual guidance as they feel that they can offer them a more holistic approach to how they feel with calming emotions, anxiety and improving general health.

People also get fed up with being prescribed many medications that can cure the medical problem they have but can also leave them with many side effects, some that are long term. What is the range of alternative treatments, however, and what can they help with?

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that was discovered thousands of years ago. There are actually several theories as to how acupuncture works, including how it stimulates the release of endorphins, which are natural pain relieving chemicals, from the body. Alternatively, it could be because it influences the nervous system which controls bodily functions, known as the autonomic nervous system, that then releases chemicals and regulates blood pressure and calms the brain as well as reducing inflammation.

It is used in a number of health conditions such as:

  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a holistic treatment that relies on natural plant extracts to promote health and well being. The extracts are also called essential oil therapy, with the oils improving the health of the mind, body, and spirit.

Benefits of aromatherapy are said to be:

  • Pain management
  • Sleep quality improvement
  • Reducing stress
  • Improving digestion
  • Boosting immunity

CBD

Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is a popular alternative treatment used for many common ailments. CBD is one of the 104 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids, which is found in cannabis. People can take CBD pills for those looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without mind-altering effects that can be present when using marijuana.

Other benefits include:

  • Pain relief
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Alleviate cancer-related symptoms
  • Reducing acne
  • Helping heart health

Homeopathy

This alternative medicine is used by over 200 million people to treat acute and chronic conditions and is based on the theory that if taken in small amounts, it will cure the same symptoms it causes if taken in large amounts. The holistic nature of it means the person is treated as a whole and their mind body and spirit are all taken into account when dealing with the prevention of disease and pain.

Common conditions people seek help with homeopathic treatment are:

  • Asthma
  • Ear infections
  • Hay fever
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis

Spiritual Guidance

When looking at treatments for illness, another form of alternative medicine is turning to spiritual guidance. Due to technological advances in the past meaning that medicine is now more about a cure instead or a care-oriented model, people are turning back to recognizing that spirituality can be linked with health care. Spiritual compassion involves treating the whole person in their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual side. An example of this is led by the God of preservation, Vishnu, who was seen as the divine arbitrator and one that is called upon spiritually when looking for protection, patience, and prosperity.

Ways spirituality can be incorporated into medicine are by:

  • Helping patients find meaning in their suffering
  • Examining the role of spirituality in their health care
  • Being attentive to all dimensions of the mind, body, and spirit
  • Enhancing recovery from illness

With more and more people being reluctant to take medicine and pain-relieving drugs, there is a world of alternative health treatments that can be accessed. With some research, you can find the one that suits you the most and really benefit from it.

 

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Alternative Health Treatments