A new trend in Western medicine, including top medical schools like Harvard, is using the power of ancient cures. Ok, maybe your doctor won’t ask you to do bee sting therapy or psychic surgery, but there are a few modalities in the alternative medicine field they may start to consider. The change of heart may stem from the fact that Western studies are now being done on these ancient practices, and the research is proving just how effective they can be!
This is not to say that one should quit going to their doctor, typically many of these therapies work best when mixed with traditional medical care. In fact, informing your doctor of anything you are doing outside of their care is important, in order to ensure that problems don’t arise from potential contraindications. “The future of medicine is integrative,” says Dr. Woodson Merrell, chair of the department of integrative medicine at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City. “It incorporates all the best therapies, from antibiotics to acupuncture.”
Where is a good place to start for those, who want to consider alternative therapies? For those who suffer with pain, injuries, headaches…and just about everything in-between, try acupuncture. Long considered a technique effective for balancing the flow of energy, or life force, acupuncture can help improve health and the quality of life. Studies have shown it is particularly effective for pain relief.
One may also want to try hypnotherapy to help with issues such as stress and anxiety, weight loss, and insomnia. A hypnotherapist will help you attain a trance-like state, then make suggestions to change thought patterns and behaviors.
Alternative therapies are great for anyone who wants to supplement their current health care regime. Your best bet is to do some research on which therapy best suits your current condition, and go from there!