In any discussion of alternative health, it is important to understand what is meant by the term. It is not contradictory to traditional western medicine, rather, it is complementary to the medicines that your doctor prescribes.
Alternatives to health are primarily focused upon the whole body, or holistic approaches to healing. Instead of focusing on a particular disease, the focus is on general happiness and well-being, the theory being that if you feel good, you will more likely be healthy and more likely to recover from disease in a shorter period of time.
Many methods exist, ranging anywhere from exercise and meditation disciplines, such as Tai-Chi, to homeopathic remedies, which are natural substances that increase your body’s ability to fight infection, to the ancient practices of Chinese and Indian medicine, which have been used effectively for thousands of years.
However, all methods have one thing in common, and that is the first principle of the oath taken by all doctors, “Do no harm.” In fact, the various methods of alternative health have several advantages over traditional western medicine alone.
First, it is generated by all-natural products and processes, which are usually safer than many western medicines, which often contain toxic by-products.
Second, it is controlled mainly by you, the patient, which is much more convenient, as you do not have to conform to any time commitments other than your own.
Third, most methods are easier on the pocket book than traditional western medicine, which is important given the recent rise in insurance rates and or even lack of insurance coverage faced by many people.
Finally, most practitioners have much more time to spend getting to know you, as a patient, which is extremely valuable in the healing process.
Alternatives to health has many benefits and, if practiced responsibly in combination with traditional medicine, promises a happier healthier life.