Any substitute or practice thought to have the same healing effectiveness of conventional medical treatment is called alternative medicine. Many people choose to participate in alternative healing practices either to use it together with their conventional treatment in the hope of complementing it or to place faith in their belief in traditional medicine and that supernatural energy can heal them of whatever it is that ails them.
Alternative treatments are not usually based on any scientific evidence and consist of a wide range of practices, therapies, and even products. Examples of these treatments include but not limited to traditional practices and other diverse methodologies of which 4 of the more popular ones will be briefly discussed.
One of the more popular forms of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is especially beneficial for people who are suffering from various health conditions such as chronic pain. Acupuncture is a technique where practitioners insert thin needles through the skin to trigger specific points in the body to help ease specific types of chronic pain.
Practiced for over thousands of years, there has been over 80 massage therapy styles all over the world. All of these involve pressing, rubbing and manipulating the muscles and other soft tissues of the body with hands, fingers, forearms, elbows and even feet. Massage is said to be both relaxing and rejuvenating and is widely used for aiding in the healing of muscle injuries, control stress, and many others.
The goal of meditation is to induce focus and clarity inside the mind. There are many techniques and ways to meditate, but the goal remains the same. Meditation allows oneself to achieve a sense of inner calm and peace of mind, enabling the individual reprieve from stress, anxiety, and all other negativities that could possibly ail the mind and body. Different types of meditation include prayer, Buddhist meditation, transcendental meditation and many more.
Herbology is considered folk medicine and refers to the use of plants and plant extracts that sometimes include fungal and bee products, minerals, shells and animal parts. The practice of using plants as medicine and treatment of disease predates written human history with its prevalence of use existing to the modern times today. Modern medicine is said to also make use of compounds derived from plants to create pharmaceutical drugs. Herbology is widely used together with other non-invasive and natural forms of healing by complementary and alternative medicine practitioners.