8 Alternative Medicine Practices that will Never Go Out of Style | Kalani Total Health Center

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Trust Us: You’ll Want to Try These Different Types of Holistic Medicine

Scientific research happens around the clock, and it can sometimes seem like the facts are always changing – especially when it comes to health.

Think about it… Just a couple decades ago, people were afraid of dietary fat. Now avocados are touted as a superfood. If you feel like you can’t keep up, you’re far from alone. Despite the ever-changing opinions and ongoing research studies, a few things will always remain the same.

A handful of alternative medicine therapies will never go out of style. This is for good reason: Most holistic therapies have been used and proven to improve overall well-being in humans for centuries.

Sometimes called complementary medicine, alternative medicine is often practiced in conjunction with traditional medicine (thus complementary), or completely on its own (alternative). Regardless of how you might want to go about treatment, these holistic medicine techniques can ease pain, soothe ailments, and increase your natural energy levels all while reducing stress.

 

1. Chiropractic Care

 

Chiropractic care is pretty widely accepted in the conventional medicine world, so it may be best classified as complementary medicine versus alternative medicine. Chiropractic medicine is often misunderstood – when you see a chiropractor, you’ll get much more than a good back cracking.

Chiropractic refers to the study of the spine and other joints in the body. A good chiropractor focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems and how those disorders affect general health.  

Many people see a chiropractor for low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and joint pain, especially of the knee and hip joints. However, the conditions a chiropractor treats don’t end there: Many people also see a chiropractor for migraines or headaches, extremity pain (arms and legs), numbness, tingling, and other symptoms.

 

2. Massage Therapy

 

True massage therapy is different than your average spa massage. While a spa massage can offer great benefits, such as reduced muscle soreness and relaxation, the benefits of massage therapy go to a higher degree.

There are many different types of massage therapy, including shiatsu, Swedish, sports, pressure point, pre-and-post-natal, deep-tissue, and more. Most often, the objectives of massage therapy are to decrease pain, relax muscles, and improve circulation of blood and oxygen to specific areas.

For health purposes, massage therapy has been shown to ease pain and boost mood in people with cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and even depression.

3. Acupuncture

 

 

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that aims to promote the body’s natural healing process by stimulating acupoints – specific points on your body that conduct the flow of bodily energy, or qi (pronounced “chee”).

Acupuncture releases any blocked qi in your body, which leads to increased function and well-being. The effects of acupuncture on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system are well-documented.

4. Cupping

 

 

Similar to acupuncture, cupping is a type of alternative medicine that originated in China. It’s intention is also to promote the flow of blocked qi. During cupping therapy, cups are placed around the body on acupoints to create suction. This increases blood flow to the cupped areas and has been shown to help with multiple conditions, including coughing and chest pain, lumbar disc herniation, cervical spondylosis, and more.

The cups are usually heated before they are placed on your skin, which helps your skin and muscles draw upward into the cups. You may experience some discoloration or slight bruising as your blood vessels respond to the change in pressure.

5. Body Movement Therapies

 

 

Movement therapy as medicine aims to help patients release physical tension in the body and develop self-awareness. It encourages you to use your body’s natural movement patterns to promote physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

Some types of body movement therapies include mirror-image exercises, t’ai chi, qigong, meditation, yoga, and others. Mirror-image exercises are particularly effective because the patient sees his or her movement as it is being completed, which contributes to the mind-muscle connection and muscle memory.

6. Herbal Medicine

 

 

Also called botanicals or phytotherapy, herbal medicine is a form of alternative medical therapy that uses plant-based supplements to improve health. Medicinal herbs can come in the form of powders, liquids, pills, or capsules, and are made from differing parts of plants (such as roots, leaves and flowers). Both fresh and dried herbs are used to make supplements.

Some of the most popular medicinal herbs are echinacea, ginkgo biloba, elderberry, ginseng and green tea. Herbal medicine has been shown to be helpful in treating joint and bone problems, improving circulation and breathing, increasing energy and stamina, promoting relaxation and sleep, and aiding digestion.

7. Nutrition and Diet Counseling

 

 

It’s no secret that a healthy diet improves overall health and happiness and can beat disease. In fact, a balanced diet full of fresh fruit, veggies, lean protein, whole grains, and healthy fats is the foundation of a fruitful life.

Nutrition and diet counseling have long been used to help patients live better. A healthy diet is shown to improve mood, reduce stress and anxiety, promote restful sleep, and boost natural energy levels.

8. Aromatherapy

 

 

Sometimes called essential oil therapy, aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health. The benefits of aromatherapy are vast. In fact, because of the physical and psychological benefits of aromatherapy, this type of alternative medicine is gaining popularity even in the conventional medicine fields.

Working through the sense of smell and skin absorption, aromatherapy is said to ease muscle and joint pain, improve sleep quality, fend off colds and coughs, treat headaches and migraines, improve digestion and circulation, boost mood and energy, and reduce stress.

At Kalani Total Health Center, we’re committed to providing patients with the best alternative medical therapies there are. Our practitioners are extensively trained and highly skilled, and experienced in treating many different conditions with complementary and alternative medicine.

Which holistic medical treatment will you try out? Give us a call (805-604-0881) or use the convenient online scheduling tool to schedule an appointment with one of our providers.

Author
Amanda Capritto

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