There’s no disputing that alternative health practices are growing fast, for one main reason, they work. However, this is really ‘health care’ doing a 360, taking the old practices and revitalizing them. As health care costs continue to escalate, and so many people unable to afford health care plans, many have been forced to turn to other methods of treatment and things that people never even considered before such as treating anxiety with aromatherapy, warm baths, and meditation, and exercise, are now being used before taking a costly trip to their family doctor. Definitely alternative therapies and treatments should not replace conventional medical wisdom from your doctor. It is important that you still receive regular checkups and not self-diagnosis and treat, but it seems a bit odd that something as simple as warm baths and exercise could treat a problem that a doctor would prescribe medication for; honey can be used for chickenpox; and cucumber juice can be used for cystitis. Imagine things that you may already have in your home.
If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to take a second look at some of the old fashioned methods of staying healthy.
As many are taking the natural cure approach and stocking up on supplements and vitamins, eating healthier, and exercising more, something like a backache might warrant a trip to your chiropractor instead of your family medical doctor. Chiropractic care is one form of alternative medication that focuses on your skeletal structure. This is not just your ‘bones,’ but nerves and muscles as well. A simple chiropractic adjustment to help your back pain could also relieve stress, which in turn, will take some of the pressure off of you, leaving you feeling much better ‘ and not just physically better, but better from the inside out. We all know that when we feel better, we have a different outlook on life, and this is the time to start making some lifestyle changes to keep you healthy.
For those who are interested in ‘holistic’ or natural medicine, there are several schools that teach classes, workshops, and/or seminars. These classes will focus on things such nutrition, home remedies, holistic counseling, natural medicine, exercising, and more. There are also degreed courses in holistic medicine for those who want to practice this method of healing.
One of the benefits of maximized living or alternative health practice is that it looks at the mind, body, and spirit as a whole. Alternative health, in addition to taking vitamins and supplements, can also include exercising, yoga, eating healthier foods such as vegetables, lean meat, and limiting fat. More importantly, alternative health is about preventing illness from occurring. The increased interest in alternative health is a welcomed addition to chiropractic medicine and the holistic approach to health and wellness.