Self-health responsibility, more than any other possible option, is the best way to stay healthy and fit. Evidence for the truth of this fact is coming at us from everywhere. Research has shown that proper diet, exercise, sufficient sleep, detoxification, and positive thinking are powerful tools for maintaining health. Alternative health practitioners help individuals play a more active role in their own health.
Is Alternative Medicine Effective?
Alternative Medicine uses a holistic approach in treatment. What does that mean? Practitioners of alternative medicine frown on covering up symptoms and concentrate on finding the cause of a disorder. They may use time-tested natural remedies and gentle hands-on treatments to support and enable the body’s own innate powers to do the healing. When used properly, non-conventional wisdom of drug-free methods of healing the human body can and does work.
Combining Alternative Medicine with Conventional Medicine
Medical schools now include classes for alternative medicine since consumers are demanding answers from their doctors regarding treatments, interactions, and efficacy.
According to a survey conducted by the National Institute of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, many Americans suffering from chronic health conditions found improvement when they combined alternative and conventional medicine for the following:
- Back, neck, head, or joint aches, or other painful conditions
- Anxiety or depression
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Sleeping problems
When looking for and receiving alternative treatments consult with your medical doctor. When you do your own homework you can better determine when medical advice is backed with true knowledge rather than opinion.
The Domains of Alternative Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine includes Acupuncture, Medicinal Herbs, and Therapeutic exercises (Qi Gong)
Ayurveda encompasses diet, exercise, Yoga, meditation, massage, herbs
Naturopathy incorporates nutrition therapy, homeopathy, physical medicine, exercise therapy, counseling, stress management, acupuncture, natural childbirth, hydrotherapy, hyperbaric oxygen, detoxification, and biofeedback
Manipulative and Body-based therapies include Massage Therapy, Rolfing, Reflexology, Cranial Therapy, Postural Re-education, Osteopathy, and Chiropractic Medicine
Energy Therapies include Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, Homeopathy, Aromatherapy, Color Therapy, Sound Therapy, and Bioelectromagnetic-based therapies such as Magnetic Fields and Biofields
Mind-Body Techniques address relaxation, cognitive-behavioral therapy, meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, and hypnosis
Biologically Based Therapies include herbal medicine, orthomolecular medicine, and chelation therapy.
Biological Dentistry uses biocompatible dental materials, natural therapies for pain management and infection control, and integrative treatments for structural alignment, stress management, and detoxification.
As consumers, we have unprecedented demands and expectations. We have more knowledge about the services and products we buy. With so many health choices, we must devote the same energy and research in understanding alternative health options for our physical and economic health and wellbeing.
As holistic dentists, we've recommended products and services that supported our patients’ health for decades. In experiencing our own health challenges from mercury toxicity, we worked closely with many natural, alternative, and integrative health practitioners who aided our recovery as well as our patients’. We built this site to provide you with a simple-to-use, comprehensive, informational, and functional resource for your physical, emotional, and spiritual health & well-being.