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The Most Trending Alternative Medical Practices in 2019

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The term alternative medicine has been around forever and it had nothing to do with conventional medicine up until recently. Research shows that about 30% of adults use alternative medicine.

Sounds like a small percentage?

We do natural healing medicine less often because integrative medicine is taking up the space.

Sometimes the conventional medicine doesn’t have the answer for chronic pain, fatigue, arthritis etc. But, there is compelling evidence that alternative medicine works according to Dr. Brent Bauer, M.D., Director of Mayo Clinic.

Yet most people are still looking for such information.

We’ll delve into that in a moment.

The misconception

A lot of people have misconceptions. It’s easy to believe that natural products are safe.

Well, that’s not true!

We know that tobacco is natural, for instance. But we don’t think that it’s very safe.

Some people are too quick to get excited about these natural stuff. I don’t think that’s the best thing to look at things.

On the hand, there’s the kind of people who don’t trust alternative medication. Maybe they feel that it contravenes their religious belief.

It’s good to work both angles. We don’t want to miss out on opportunities because of misperceptions. Likewise, it’s dangerous to adopt things too quickly.

With that in mind, I’m sure you’re more than eager to see the list of the top natural healing methods that are trending this year.

There you go…

The most popular alternative medical practices today

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1. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the most frequently used therapies in the world. This natural healing practice originates from Ancient China and has been used for thousands of years. Basically, the technique involves stimulating certain points on the body using thin needles or electrical stimulation. The idea is that diseases and ailments come about as a result of imbalances within the energy network of the body. Each body organ is linked to specific acupuncture points  distributed across the energy network. So, when acupuncture needles are inserted into these areas of the skin, a balance is created to slow down or stimulate certain energies resulting into healing. A lot of patients revere this particular type of procedure in its ability to cure headache.

2. Chiropractic

Recently, chiropractic has become widely accepted within the medical community. Considered a  complementary medical practice, chiropractic mainly treats the disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. Muscle tissues suffer the most during heavy weight lifting or due to poor  sitting posture. During treatment, chiropractic physicians perform a hands-on, drug-free spinal manipulation to relieve pain in the joints, back, head and arms. This adjustment to the muscles relaxes them, and allows injured tissues to heal. A number of evidences, including a 2016 study, support chiropractic care as a physical therapy.

3. Detoxing

In simple terms, detoxification is getting rid of toxins and impurities from the blood. Naturally, our body cleanses the blood through the skin, liver, lungs, intestines and kidneys. It is hard to tell whether our internal cleansing mechanism is working properly. And so, it is essential to use an effective  detoxification program to support the elimination system. Usually, the detox regimen lasts 1-2 weeks and can help get rid of symptoms like bloating, irritated skin and unexplained fatigue. The most popular detox diets are smoothie cleanse, detox tea, juice cleanse and sugar detox.

4. Cannabis

The use of cannabis has fuelled debate as to whether its effects are morally acceptable. At least we know the regulations in Kenya forbid the consumption of cannabis except for medical/research purposes.  Today, the medicinal herb has gained respect for its healing chops, with a wide range of therapeutic effects such as alleviating pain, seizures, depression and nausea. The plant supplies 100 cannabinoids, two of which (tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD)) have profound antidepressant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Perhaps, countries such as Canada chose to legalize it for the same reasons.

5. Reflexology

Another form of natural healing remedy is reflexology. This healing modality involves pressing and massaging systematically the areas of the feet, hands and head that release the body’s natural healing powers. Reflexologists believe that applying pressure to such spots jumpstarts the healing process through the energy pathways in a similar fashion to acupuncture. Still, doctors are doing more research to establish if reflexology efficacious in the treatment of cancer.

Related: A Practical Guide for Parents Supporting Children with Cancer

6. Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is better known as a holistic therapy. In practice, the treatment uses aroma of essential oils to promote healing, through inhaling or  massaging into the skin. It’s an old traditional form of medicine out of Ancient China. But the modern-day aromatherapy technique is used to fight inflammation and infections. If more research is done, then we might have an alternative solution to pain, depression and anxiety reduction.

Over to you

There you have it folks! Conventional medicine and alternative therapies complement each other. Whereas I might use pills for my headache, you might use acupuncture instead.

A word of caution!

Although these methods look promising and effective, you should talk to your doctor before you try any type of alternative therapy. That’s because some therapies like herbs may be safe but may interact with other medications.

A lot of information out there is not reliable. Do research carefully so that you don’t get harmed by what you purchase.

Sit down with your doctor and dialogue on the safest therapy and dietary supplement  for your condition.