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Updated: Dec 11, 2021

Alternative medicine is more popular than ever. Traditional doctors have never been so intent on either prescribing drugs or recommending surgery. Less invasive treatments are rarely recommended anymore. However, there’s a lot of evidence that a healthy diet, rest, exercise, and a positive attitude can do a lot of good. 😉

There are also medical professionals that specialize in treatments that go beyond simple diet and exercise but are still less costly and dangerous than medication and surgery. It might be time to consider adding an alternative medicine expert to your health team. Most are happy to work with your current physician. 👩‍⚕️

Alternative medicine has a lot to offer in some situations! Consider these:

1. Biofeedback. Biofeedback is about learning how to control your body. The idea is that you can learn how to control aspects of your physiology that are largely involuntary, such as heart rate, brain waves, blood pressure, muscle tension, and the perception of pain.

  • Equipment is required to monitor the effectiveness of your efforts during the learning phase. For example, it’s not easy to know if you’re affecting your brainwaves without the proper equipment.

  • Biofeedback has been used to treat chronic pain, asthma, incontinence, high blood pressure, ADHD, and numerous other disorders.

2. Chiropractic medicine. Chiropractic medicine goes way beyond just making your back feel better. Aligning your spine and other joints can help many injuries heal faster, reduce many types of pain, alleviate symptoms of some chronic conditions, and much more.

Many health insurance plans today include coverage for chiropractic care.

3. Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy uses essential oils and other aromatic compounds to positively enhance physical and emotional health. There’s no doubt that certain smells👃 can impact one’s emotions. Consider how the smell of chocolate 🍫 makes you feel versus the smell of rotten eggs.🥚

Studies have shown that aromatherapy can help with anxiety and depression. Claims are also made for many other ailments. Again, it’s worth a try and something you can do at home 🏠very inexpensively.💰

4. Acupuncture. Acupuncture is a primary part of traditional Chinese medicine. Very thin needles are inserted at very specific points on the body. The most common use of acupuncture is to treat pain, but there are many that believe acupuncture is effective at treating many different disorders.