Alternative Therapy is a treatment used instead of a conventional treatment to aid the body in the healing process.  It is comprised of several different treatment options to include acupressure, which involves the use of hands and fingers to apply pressure to an area that needs treatment.  This process alters the internal chi, strengthening it, calming it, or removing a blockage of the flow.  The difference between acupressure and acupuncture is that the latter uses hair-thin needles at specific points, while the former doesn’t break your skin. Both methods are based on touching meridians that carry chi, or energy throughout the body. Aromatherapy is the holistic way of healing with essential oils that have been extracted from plants.  Essential oils applied to the skin are absorbed into the bloodstream can take immediate effect.

Ayurvedic medicine restores the balance and harmony to an individual that results in self-healing and good health.  Therapies such as massage, reflexology, shiatsu, deep tissue manipulation, movement awareness and energy balancing are collectively referred to as bodywork.  Most Chinese herbs can be prepared by steeping in hot water to make an infusion, boiled to produce a stronger solution called a decoction; used to make powders, pills, or syrups that may be taken internally.

Chiropractic therapy has been used to treat problems such as back pain, headaches, bladder infections, respiratory conditions, sinusitis, asthma, heart disease, hypertension, colds, prostatitis and addiction.  The primary focus is on the treatment of back pain and musculoskeletal problems.

Herbal therapies and Homeopathy remedies are vital parts of living a holistic health lifestyle. Herbal medicine can be effective in treating ailments such as; upset stomach (herbal teas), colds and flu’s, minor aches and pains along with many others.  Homeopathic remedies are substances which cause the symptoms of the disease to be treated when taken full strength.  Homeopathic remedies are repeatedly mixed with water or alcohol and shaken (succussion), often diluting the substances to such a degree that no amount of the original medication can be found in the remedy.

Hydrotherapy, involves the use of water for pain relief and treating illness.  Treatments can include wraps, sprays, and douches, as well as steam rooms and saunas. The use of such devices is to stimulate an immune response to detoxify the body by changing the body temperature.  Mind-body medicine focuses on treatments that may promote health, including relaxation response, hypnosis, visual imagery, meditation, spirituality, yoga, support groups, and biofeedback.  It has provided evidence that psychological factors can play a major role in such illnesses as heart disease, and that by using mind-body techniques can aid in their treatment.

Naturopathic physicians are likely to use many different treatment modalities, including nutritional therapy, herbal medicine, TCM, homeopathy, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, and counseling.  Alternative practitioners place more emphasis on dietary intervention in some conditions whereas conventional medicine would recommend drugs or surgery to heal the body.  Japanese and Mediterranean diets contain small amounts of animal fat.  Since they are low in saturated fats, they help to protect against heart disease and some forms of cancer.

A central feature of osteopathy is its concentration on the musculoskeletal components of illness. Osteopathy is holistic and targets the whole body.  Doctors look at psychological factors, life style, and diet when they look into a client’s illness.



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