Posted on Sep 02, 2009 | Comments 0
Alternative medicine has become a very popular and very accepted form of treatment.
While alternative medicine is unproven to heal ailments and does not necessarily fall within the definition of conventional medicine, there are even doctors (Doctor of Osteopathy) who being in taking a holistic approach to many ailments and treatments.
However understanding the complicated and new world of alternative medicines can be somewhat overwhelming so we have put together an easy to remember how-to understand alternative medicine guide for you to access.
Alternative medicine is based upon the theory and belief that you treat the entire body; mind, body and soul instead of just the area of trouble. For example instead of just treating the head for a headache alternative medicine may try to treat any underlying issues of the mind.
Acupuncture is one form of alternative medicine that is popularly used to treat smoking cessation, morning sickness for pregnancies and issues related to insomnia.
Homeopathy is the organic healing of ailments such as headaches, stomach aches, constipation and menstrual cramps. Homeopathy is a commonly misused and overused term in the realm of alternative medicine.
While Homeopathy has been proven to be safe it does not support vaccinations or antibiotics which have proven safe and effective in conventional medicine.
Naturopathy is a pro-active approach to maintaining a healthy mind, body and soul. Naturopathy is a lifestyle choice it is not a reactive effort after one discovers high blood pressure.
Ayurveda is the belief and theory that becoming one with oneself through yoga, meditation, internal cleansing through herbs and a healthy, organic diet help the individual achieve harmony and balance all around through mind, body and soul.
Meditation helps to calm thoughts and oftentimes reduces blood pressure, decreases headaches due to stress and creates a more at-peace and tranquil mood.
Yoga is an ancient practice of breathing and stretching. The breathing and stretching simultaneously helps even the most novice of yoga practice to feel more at peace with their body and soul. The concept behind yoga exercises is by breathing you gentle your mind and by stretching you increase blood flow.
As you become more experienced and more comfortable with the practice of yoga you may find you are able to meditate and completely block out all thoughts while doing so. Ayurveda is also commonly associated with Traditional Chinese Medicine.
While there are many kinds of alternative medicine the above defined are the most commonly used.
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