Alternative medicine consists of a broad range of treatment types that are not conventional. While some people limit their medical treatment to those that are alternative, some use a combination of conventional and alternative treatments for different conditions. Among the many types of treatments that fall under the heading, some are more popular than the rest. In fact, some people may be using them without realizing that they are not considered conventional or medical treatments at all.
- Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine based on the idea that “like cures like.” Tiny amounts of natural substances are used to help the body heal itself.
- Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to heal through scent or through the skin with massage.
- Herbology relies on the innate properties of herbs and other plant parts to provide treatments. Herbology goes back for centuries to a time when there were no antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, or pain relievers available.
- Acupuncture is well-known to most people including those who have never had it performed. The centuries-old practice uses very fine needles that are placed in trigger points throughout the body as a means to release energy blockages and restore proper balance. Acupuncture has become much more accepted as a real medical treatment in recent years.
- Chiropractic medicine is the use of spinal manipulation. It is most often used to give relief to people with back or neck pain, but it can also be used to improve joint flexibility and as a treatment for Bell’s Palsy.
- Meditation offers many benefits from relieving stress and anxiety to relieving pain from chronic conditions. There are many types of meditation including the more popular Zen and transcendental meditation.
- Nutrition is something we all think of as a normal part of our daily diet. The foods we eat can also be chosen according to the specific nutrients and antioxidants they contain as a means to prevent or treat illness.
Alternative medicine is not accepted by everyone as a legitimate method of healthcare but it has continued to grow in popularity through the years.