Complementary and alternative medicine has been part of mankind for the longest time in history. In essence, it’s what gave life to modern medicine. Major changes in alternative cures can be attributed to advancements in technology. We can now for a fact say that a lot of research and studies conducted on some forms of contemporary and traditional medicine have led to major breakthroughs in conventional medicine.

Today, a huge percentage of the world's population uses a form or two of alternative medicine. Before delving into the main course in this article, let’s have the definition of alternative medicine as our starter, shall we? 

Alternative Cures for Different Illnesses

What’s Alternative Medicine?

As the term suggests, alternative medicine encompasses a range of therapeutic approaches, such as naturopathy, crystal healing, and herbal remedies, which are sometimes regarded as “overly orthodox” or unorthodox in this day and age by most professional medical practitioners. Alternative medicine is so broad, especially considering the many ailments in today’s world. The field of alternative medical practices claims to be effective with a range of benefits to those practicing.

Most people use alternative medicine because of their strong beliefs in its healing effect. Others use alternative medicine to avoid the effects of drugs, while others have no choice but to use it in the betterment of their health. Whatever your reasons for using alternative medicine maybe, we’ll be sharing some insights on the safest ways of using alternative medicine and three alternative cures for different illnesses.

1. Intravenous (IV) Fluid Therapy

The use of alternative cures is increasingly gaining popularity. As studies and research are ongoing on the best practices, new health trends are also coming up. Intravenous therapy or IV therapy is a new concept in alternative medicine derived from IV fluid therapy procedures performed in hospitals. IVs are associated with treating patients who may be seriously ill or undergoing treatment. What’s different is that alternative medicine has found a way to inject natural ingredients or nutrients (instead of drugs) directly into the bloodstream for their known therapeutic effects. 

Nutrient IV therapy aims at introducing all the vital nutrients and vitamins directly into your bloodstream. It’s even more surprising that you really don’t have to be terminally ill to undergo IV therapy. However, most patients with gastrointestinal issues would benefit from IV therapy. Vitamin infusions are now being used to treat a wide range of health problems. The article “The Many Benefits That IV Therapy Near Me Has to Offer” from AZ IV Medics explains that IV therapy should be used for improving your health and quality of life. Among the many other conditions that have shown promising results to IV therapy include allergies, asthma, muscle spasms, and migraines. However, it’s important to consult with your doctor if you’re considering this treatment option.

2. Herbal Remedies

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Also known as holistic medicine, this is a type of alternative medicine that uses nature as a whole to stimulate, purify, and heal our bodies. In recent times, herbal remedies have increasingly gained popularity because of the many benefits they have to offer. More and more people are using natural therapy to prevent illness and solve everyday health-related issues. In addition to this, many herbal remedies have been shown to provide long term relief from pain, irritation, and suffering that is brought about by many long-term ailments in a more natural way. This is not to forget that as opposed to conventional medicine, treatment using natural remedies is non-invasive. The growing use of herbal remedies around the globe is undeniable in this age and day.  

With its roots from ancient cultures, herbal medicine has for the longest time been used to cure a wide variety of ailments, including heart diseases, blood-related ailments, gynecological complications, and bacterial infection, among others.

3. Aromatherapy

This is yet another natural treatment option that utilizes plant extracts and essential oils to promote well-being and overall health in humans. For a long time in history, aromatherapy has been used to:

  • Alleviate pain and the effects of chemotherapy
  • Improve digestion
  • Managing labor discomforts
  • Treating migraines and headaches
  • Fighting fungus, virus, and bacteria
  • Soothing sore joints

Aromatherapy treatment works through using the skin as the medium of absorption and the sense of smell. You may need to use products such as inhalers, body oils, bath salts and oils, facial masks, and steamers. When combined with these products, essential oils and plant extracts have various healing properties that provide positive short-term to long-term effects. Although it may be considered by researchers as a limited source of treatment, choosing a certified aromatherapist will be your best option for reaping the best results. However, it’s best to always consult with a qualified doctor before starting aromatherapy treatment.

Now, alternative medicine and cures are complementary treatment options that shouldn’t replace the approved doctor treatment plans. Most people make the mistake of discontinuing their doctor's appointments once they start on alternative treatment. Regardless of what you’re looking to treat or how you want to improve your overall health, a professional healthcare provider can help determine the alternative treatment plan that is best suited for your needs.

(Last Updated On: March 11, 2021)

Annalise O'Conner is a Registered Dietitian and Personalized Nutritionist. She is a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, teaching nutrition in the School of Public Health and APAN (Asian Pacific Islander American Network) Email: [email protected]

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