Top 10 Types of Nonconventional Medicine
Health is one of the main human values. To preserve health, people follow diets, do sports, undergo therapy courses, and resort to surgical treatment. Together with methods of traditional medicine, people make use of alternative ways to improve health.
What is nonconventional medicine? What are the types of alternative treatment and what are their peculiarities? Read in our article.
What is alternative medicine?
Alternative medicine involves different ways of diagnostics, treatment, and prevention of diseases. Science does not prove the efficiency and safety of such approaches.
According to the data of the World Health Organization (WHO), over 100 million people use the services of alternative and complementary medicine in Europe. In Africa, Asia, North America, and Australia, more people apply this kind of health care.
For some patients, complementary therapies totally replace traditional medicine. Others use them as a supplement to the main treatment prescribed in accordance with agreed standards.
There are different types of alternative medicine today. Some of them are common for certain nations, while others are practiced throughout the whole world. Let us review the top 10 widespread directions of nonconventional medicine in detail.
1. Acupuncture or needle therapy
Acupuncture is a direction of traditional Chinese medicine. This method involves the injection of special thin needles in certain parts of the body.
The WHO reports that acupuncture was allowed in 103 member states in 2012. In 29 countries, the law regulated the activities of acupuncture service providers.
Needle therapy can help cure many diseases. Among other things, this method is used to treat the musculoskeletal system and digestive system diseases, pathologies of the peripheral nerve, functional neurological disorders, headaches, hemicranias, allergy, etc.
Homeopathy is a way of treating diseases that involves taking small doses of medicine. Supporters of this practice use low-concentrated medication.
The medicine contains active substances that cause symptoms similar to symptoms of a disease and therefore cure the patient. This explains the main principle of this type of nonconventional medicine “like cures like”.
Homeopathy is popular in many countries. According to Transparency Market Research, the global market of homeopathic medicine reached $3.87 billion in 2015. This figure is forecasted to reach $17.5 billion by 2024.
Osteopathy is a direction of drug-free and non-surgical medicine that involves affecting the human body with hands. This practice relies on the idea that tension, muscle and joint stiffness are reasons of many diseases. By solving these problems, the person can get rid of the disease without the need for drugs and surgery.
The basic principle of osteopathy says that all parts of the human body are interdependent. Specialists that practice this type of nonconventional medicine use their hands to manipulate soft tissues, skull bones, and supporting-motor apparatus. The main goals of tactile manipulations are the relaxation of muscles, removal of causes of painful feelings, activation of self-healing mechanisms, etc.
Osteopathy allows handling such health problems as pain spasms in the head, dizziness, high intracranial pressure, musculoskeletal system diseases, etc.
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Supporters of naturopathy believe that the human body has an inborn ability to self-heal. To solve health issues, they use only natural tools.
There are over 10 directions of naturopathy, including:
- aeroionotherapy, etc.
Depending on the direction of naturopathy, treatment involves different natural resources such as aromatic substances, honey products, seaweed, herbs, flowers, leeches, and even contact with trees.
Naturopathy primarily aims to find out the reason of the health problem and to eliminate it.
Reiki is a Japanese system of physical, mental, and spiritual healing by transferring energy through palms.
Specialists that practice reiki state that in order to transfer healing energy, they place their palms in certain places of the patient’s body. A meditative atmosphere is created during the procedure. Besides, the process of transferring energy can take place when the healer and the patient are at a distance from each other.
It is considered that any person can master reiki practice.
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Ayurveda is a system of Indian folk medicine that was born several thousand years ago. It views the human body as a single machine with the soul and body closely connected.
To diagnose illnesses, Ayurvedists use traditional methods of body inspection such as glossoscopy and inspection of irises, measuring heart rate, among other things. In order to prevent and treat diseases, they use different methods:
- doing Yoga;
- food choice;
- special techniques of body clearance and rejuvenescence (for example, panchakarma), etc.
It is believed that Ayurveda can help to cure different chronic diseases and prevent the development of body performance disorders.
Magnetotherapy involves the use of the static or variable magnetic field for health improvement purposes. Special equipment is used to carry out such procedures.
Magnetotherapy shows positive results in treating illnesses of joints, skin, eyes, disturbance of the central nervous system, digestive organs. Besides, this practice helps to destroy fatty deposits, remove wastes and toxins, stop non-major bleeding, etc.
In some countries, for example, Russia, this method of health improvement is recognized as medical and physiotherapeutic. In other countries, magnetotherapy is considered a pseudoscience.
This practice of alternative medicine is similar to the abovementioned acupuncture. It involves targeted treatment of certain points on the body. Tools used to carry out the procedure include metal balls, needles, current, special sheets, and wormwood cigars.
Reflexotherapy is used as a medical and preventive treatment. It is used to treat radiculitis, cardiovascular diseases, dermatologic pathologies, as well as during rehabilitation after traumas or serious illnesses.
10. Energy therapy
Energy therapy involves the treatment with different kinds of energy both known and unknown to modern science. This therapy primarily aims to diagnose, heal, and prevent illnesses.
This kind of therapy views the disease as the distortion in thin energy channels. In order to get rid of it, the person has to clean himself of these distortions and refill with the new energy. Supporters of energy therapy believe that it is essential to recover not only the body but also the mind.
Energy therapy unites a complex of methods used in nonconventional medicine including needle therapy, laser, light, and magnetotherapy, spiritual healing, Chi therapy, and many others.
Before you start using methods of nonconventional medicine, make sure to consult the doctor. Remember that self-treatment and ill-considered choice of therapy can cost your health and even life.
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