What is Alternative Medicine?
Alternative medicine includes a range of medical therapies that are not regarded as orthodox by the medical profession.
Examples of alternative practices include homeopathy, traditional medicine, chiropractics and acupuncture. Complementary medicine is different from alternative medicine. Whereas complementary medicine is used together with conventional medicine, alternative medicine is used in place of conventional medicine.
Some popular alternative practices include:
Acupuncture one of the better known alternative healing therapies; its’ origin is ancient China and has been practiced for thousands of years.
Acupressure works on the principal of various specific points being energy centres of the human body, just like acupuncture. Stimulation of these points helps correct imbalances in the flow of life energy and thus provides healing. In acupressure, a correct amount of pressure is applied at these vital points in the human body using hands, elbows or specific devices, to release blockages and provide healing.
Ayurveda is an ancient healing practice that originated in India. The word Ayurveda is made from two words: ‘Ayur’ meaning life and ‘Veda’ meaning knowledge. Ayurveda makes use of herbal remedies and also uses techniques such as meditation, breathing and yoga.
Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy that uses aroma of essential oils to improve health, vitality and emotional well-being. In aromatherapy, essential oils can be used as ointments, infusions or lotions externally.
Reiki is an energy healing process which originated in Tibet and Japan. The word Reiki means ‘Universal Life Energy.’ Reiki provides healing by bringing harmony through physical, emotional, mental and spiritual balance in the body.
Homeothapy is one of the more popular and accepted types of alternative medicine. Homeopathy is based on the philosophy that both the cure and the ailment come from the same situation. The substance, which causes a disease in high doses, gives a medicinal effect when used in very low doses. Thus similar symptoms to that of the ailment are created to cure the ailment. Homeopathy also uses herbs and natural medicines.
Naturopathy is an alternate healing therapy in which only natural methods are used to assists the human body’s self-healing ability. Healing therapies such as herbalism, colour therapy, ozone therapy, reflexology, massage therapy and others may be classified under naturopathy.
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