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Contribution of Alternative Medicines in Medical Treatments - Benefits and Drawbacks of Alternative Treatments

Updated on May 8, 2013

Alternative Medicine

Alternative Treatment Outwits Conventional Medicines

The present generation is keen in maintaining a good healthand looking for health promotion as a way of life.For the same reason they are ready to accept new ways of healingand the number of such people are increasing tremendously.These new methods are based on spirituality and energy. Although these healing methods seem new, they were practiced thousands of years ago in countries like India,Japan and China. Alternative and natural medicines are meant to stimulate the healing power of the body and to help in treating the root cause of disease.The use of such medicines has found to bring about tremendous benefits in many patients.

Some doctors have also started prescribing such medicines with the hope that they could help treat and prevent disease. Instead of completely depending on alternative medicines, some doctors also try complementary alternative medicines.

Complimentary medicine is entirely different from alternative medicine. Complimentary medicines are used along withconventional medicines for the quick recovery of patients. Butalternative medicine is used instead ofconventional medicines. Although alternative medical practices are not accepted by the medical community, there are evidences to prove that even cancer can be treated using a specialdiet assuggestedby a physician.Alternative medicineshave become so popular because they are trying tomake peoplemore environmentally sound.

Benefits and Drawbacks Of Alternative Medicines

Choosing to live a more balanced lifestyle
No instant healing.
Teaches to be responsible for your health
Changing our habit is difficult even if we have good intentions
Generally safe without any side effects if properly used.
Serious illness cannot be treated alone with it. Conventional medicines are to be used in such cases.
Improves and maintains good health
Some alternative therapies simply don’t work at all to meet your needs.

Reiki Treatment

Reiki is a form of healing that balances the subtle energies within our body. Itis becoming increasingly popular worldwide.It incorporates elements of almost all other alternative healing practices. A large number of doctors have shown their support for reiki.Reiki is found to reduce depression and stress up to a great extend.

A very interesting factor about the treatment is that it can also reduce pain.Even thoughthere is no specific evidence on the impact of reiki on ones health, there are many other positives for this treatment.

Chakra Treatment

Energy collecting centre of the body is a chakra. They are connected to chief organs that administrate the different body parts.These chakras rotate in a clockwise direction providing positive energy to our body. It also throws away the negative energy that may cause diseases. We can gain more positive energy if these chakras are in a healthy condition. There are hundreds of chakras in a human body. Thestate of these chakras dependsmainly on our life style. The healthier these chakras thehappier and stronger we will be.

The healing process usually deals with the seven main chakras. Yoga is the best method to maintain healthy chakras. The accumulated blocks within the chakras are removed in this treatment and return to a perfect health. The result can be realized easily.

Prayer for Healing

Prayer has found to be a great solution for many physical and mental diseases.There are many people around us who have gained a perfect health through their continuous prayers. It is an extremely powerful and effective method of treatment. To have a strong belief in God and to pray for all is the best method of prayer. There are some people who do not consult a doctor even when seriously ill. According to my opinion even though prayer can do miracles we should not miss other treatments in such cases.

I would like to share my own experience in this case. A woman in my neighbourhood was not taken to the hospital even at the time of her delivery, thinking that god willhelp them in every crisis. But that woman had to meetwith her death because of this.

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Homeopathic Treatment

Homeopathy is amethod of treatmentthat uses minute doses of natural substances to stimulate a person's immune system and body's natural defences.They are usually made fromplant or animal ingredients.It offers relief from temporary disorders as well as help to maintain a perfect health.

This treatment does not have any side effects as it is prepared from natural things.We have come to expect a quick fix in today’s world, and for the same reason people tend to drop this treatment.

Naturopathic Treatment

Naturopathic medicine treats all forms of health disorders-both physical and mental. It is the approach,attitudeandguidanceof naturopathic doctors thatmakes it differentfrom other forms of health care.It finds and treats the root cause of the disease.Naturopathic medical treatment is accepted by the following patients:-

  • Those who are much concerned about their health and want to take precautions while they are still healthy.
  • Those who want to get rid of their diseases through natural methods.
  • For patients who are suffering from serious and life threatening illnesses.

Health and disease involve a complex interaction of physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors. In order to treat a disease or promote good health the person has to be treated completely.Alternative medicine has helped many people from the negative side effects and high costs of conventional medicines.It also finds the cause and effect of an illness and finds healing solution in a natural way.

In conclusion, alternative medicine is the correct choice for those who are looking for a better way of living and an improved way of healing. There are many benefits of using alternative treatments. But it is desirable to seek the advice of your doctor before starting any alternative treatment if you are presently in taking any conventional medicines.

Share your experiences with alternative medicine.

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      LensMan999 4 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

      Hi Anamika and MarleneB,

      Nice to see that you found time to leave comments in my hub. I hope the hub was interesting and useful.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from USA

      I like the idea of alternative treatment solutions. Many of them are not invasive and can be used in conjuction with each other. This is a great hub covering the topic.

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      Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      I am more into Alternative treatments than conventional medicine. Often, Alternative therapy is cheaper and safer than Allopathic medicine. They may take some time to work, but they work. Many of these treatments treat the root cause of the problems than just giving temporary relief. Good Hub, voted up!