Long ago there was no conventional medicine like today. All medicine was alternative, based on a holistic approach to all conditions and diseases. It included the practice of massage, acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, body cleansing, fasting, and meditation among other means used and aimed at disease prevention and promoting vibrant health through balance of mind, body, spirit, and environment. Among the oldest and most famous ancient alternative medicines are Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional healers would decide on the treatment of each patient based on the physical, emotional, spiritual, and environmental image of the patient. They would base their healing on balance, harmony, and energy. Conventional medicine focuses on the physical problem, treating the symptoms, while traditional medicine emphasizes the cause of the physical problem and its cure. Both Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine became popular in the Western world in the twentieth century.
Nowadays there are numerous traditional and complementary medicine practices used in the west. Some of them include:
- Chinese or Oriental medicine
Acupuncture treatment is a part of traditional Chinese medicine and as such is a form of alternative medicine. During the treatment, thin needles are inserted in the skin in certain places to stimulate the central nervous system in the body, resulting in the release of chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These biochemical changes trigger body’s natural healing abilities, promoting physical and emotional wellbeing.
The study has shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment for chronic pain and anxiety.
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There are multiple benefits of acupuncture Treatment which include:
- Reduced back and neck pain
- Reduced neck tension
- Reduced joint pain
- Relief from headache
- Allergy relief
- Improved immune system
- Improved digestion
- Reduced muscle pain
- Reduced eye strain
- Enhanced mental clarity
- Reduced dental pain
- Reduced level of stress hormone
- Reduced severity of depression
Acupuncture treatment can last from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the condition and severity of the symptoms. Generally, people feel that something is working 30 minutes after the treatment and the treatment often leaves people feeling energized and relaxed. Acupuncture treatment improves the condition layer by layer, until it gets to the core, addressing the root cause of a condition.
In the early 1970s, laser acupuncture was implemented as a new form of acupuncture. Laser acupuncture is effective in treating chronic pain such as back and neck pain, muscle aches, headaches, and joint pain, as well as obesity, and peripheral neuropathy.
Compared to traditional Chinese acupuncture, laser acupuncture is more beneficial, because it is safer, painless, non-invasive, sterile and easier to control.
In conclusion, alternative therapies are based on a holistic approach to health, taking into account the mind, body, and spirit as a whole. More and more people are becoming aware that diseases are caused by poor diet, unhealthy lifestyle, stress, and imbalance of the mind, body, and spirit, so they are trying to achieve balance and find a cure by reaching out for alternative therapies.
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➥ DISCLAIMER: This post is not intended to replace medical treatment. The information provided is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice.