Alternative medicine, or complementary medicine, is a term that describes various medical products and techniques that are not a part of standard health care. The conventional medicine is usually based on the scientific investigation and evidence, while the alternative medicine typically encompasses therapies with a historical or cultural, rather than a scientific basis. This kind of separation is perhaps completely needless since all of the medicine methods can be classified according to their effectiveness. Therefore, there is only medicine that works and medicine that simply doesn’t work. There are many successful methods from the realm of alternative medicine that can be used to prevent and cure various ailments. Here is a quick review of some of the most popular and most effective alternative health treatments.
Acupuncture is an alternative medical treatment that most probably originates from China. Acupuncture treats various health conditions by inserting and manipulating the needles in the various parts of the body. The needles are inserted into the specific points of the body where therapists believe the chi, or the vital energy, flows through the channels called Meridians. The purpose of the treatment is to remove any obstacles for flawless flow of the chi through the body. Acupuncture proponents claim that it relieves pain, treats infertility, treats various diseases, prevents diseases and promotes general health.
Homoeopathy is another form of alternative medicine in which the practitioners use highly diluted preparations that can cause healthy people to exhibit symptoms similar to those exhibited by patients. The principle behind the homeopathy is the law of similar, which is best described in the statement "let like be cured by like”, based on the principle that a substance that in large doses will provoke symptoms of a specific illness will, in exceptionally small doses, cure it.
Naturopathy is an alternative medical system that uses the body's innate Vitalistic ability to heal and maintain itself. This is a holistic approach that encourages a minimal use of medicines and surgical procedures. This system uses a diverse range of approaches such as herbalism, nutrition, physical exercise, stress management, acupressure and acupuncture.
Ayurveda is a system of traditional medicine that originates from India. Ayurvedic medicine focuses on the type of person who has the disease, rather than just understanding the type of disease the person has. The goal of treatment is to achieve good health through balanced daily routine. The ayurvedic practitioners use different medical preparations often focused on maintaining the perfect balance in the body. Therefore, the moderate food intake, moderate sleep, engagement in sexual relationships and moderate intake of medicine are highly encouraged.