Types of Alternative Medicine

Of the 42 different specialties or types of alternative medicine now available, some of the most popular types of alternative medicine now in practice in the world include the following:

Acupressure is used primarily as an at-home self-care treatment plan to help relieve stress-related problems, both physical and mental. Often this form of therapy is considered an accompaniment to be used in addition to the treatment being received from conventional medicine.

Acupuncture is the art of raising your body’s Qi (pronounced chee) by balancing the body’s major organs along twelve major pathways, called meridians in the body. Qi is known as the body being in perfect balance emotionally, physically and spiritually. Acupuncture therefore is used to bring back your body to a state of health and well-being.

Aromatherapy – although many people believe this specialty is based on smell or aroma, actually it is a branch of herbal medicine. By a method of steam-pressing and then processing the plants and herbs into an “Essential Oil”, this oil now has curative properties itself. When dispensed by several proven techniques, essential oils do facilitate a return to better health.

Ayurvedic Medicine, being one of the oldest types of alternative medicine, believes many diseases originate from an inbalance in the digestive system. Since the objective of the digestive system is to process and distribute nutrients to all parts of the body to convert to energy and nutrition. A breakdown in this system leads to a poor immune system which is an invitation to poor health and disease.

Chinese Medicine, also one of the oldest practiced types of alternative medicine, dates back several thousand years. The basic principle of this form of therapy is to facilitate a cure on the physical, emotional and spiritual inbalances to generate or maintain health and well-being.

Chiropractic is a therapy, generally handled by manual manipulation of the spine, to prevent and treat disorders of the skeletal system. Other joints of the body and soft tissue healing is also a secondary concern to a practicing physician.
Diet and Nutritional Therapyis based on the principle by eating a wide variety of foods consistently, your body accumulates enough vitamins, minerals and nutrients from your diet for daily use plus an ample supply is left over for any exposure to your allergenic trigger.

Environmental Medicine or environmental allergies is often an over-looked cause of allergy. This field of medicine concentrates on both indoor and outdoor pollutants. This field specializes in control of pollen, chemicals, mold, animal dander, food, airborne particulants plus many more.

Fasting is a low cost effective way to treat hypertension, heart disease, headaches, allergies (both indoors and out) plus arthritis. This is done initially by a supervised program to eliminate all toxins from the body. Follow-up and any future care can usually be handled by the patient themselves at home if it is even necessary.
Flower Essences therapy is closely aligned with homeopathy because both work on the principle of using plants, extracted, dried, and processed into oils used for intervention of many health issues.

Guided Imagery is in effect every minute of our lives. It is the result of taking your flow of observations, channeling them and using that energy to guide your body to a state of health and well-being. Although many people feel this sounds impossible or improbable, we all can and do use this technique everyday of our life. This therapy program gives you the instructions on how to use that power for the betterment of your health.

Herbal Therapy is the oldest types of alternative medicine in use today. It originated in all cultures of the world as people, by means of trial and error, used the plants mother nature gives us to experiment and document each plants prospective capabilities. An entire world of medicine has been developed by using the flowers, leaves, stems, roots, fruit and bark of various plants.

Homeopathy is a low cost, non-toxic form of medicine which can often be advantageous in the treatment of chronic illness or allergies when conventional medicine has not produced the desired results. Homeopathy is based on the principle “like cures like”. This relates to tiny minute amounts of an allergen are given with effectively increasing doses until the body builds up a resistance to the offending substance. This form of treatment CAN NOT BE DONE AT HOME! Initial consultations and dosages can only be obtained from a licensed homeopathic practitioner. At home care and follow up treatments are then under the care of your doctor. Never undertake this procedure without the supervision of a licensed practitioner. There is a serious risk of anaphylactic shock when this treatment program is started.

Juice Therapy uses benefits of the juice from raw fruits and vegetables to supply your body with the most natural source of concentrated energy. This program is generally used as a health maintenance program or as a fasting program.

Naturopathic Medicine is comprised of a group of physicians which are educated and trained in several fields of Alternative Medicine. Their training includes: Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine, Diet and Nutrition Therapy, Ayurvedic, Acupuncture and Acupressure techniques.

Touch Therapy (Healing Hands) is a sub-specialty of acupressure. Healing Hands helps the body to relieve tension by increasing the blood’s circulation all over the body. This then results in a strengthening of the immune system because of techniques the patient learns for greater control of environmental and emotional factors.

This is just a short list of some of the most widely practiced types of Alternative Medicine that are in use today. Not being on this list does not in any way reflect on the lack of importance of any other field. Each of the other 28 practicing fields of Alternative Medicine do each have their own specialty or field of expertise. From this list of types of alternative medicine you are sure to find something to assist you in living a healthier life.