Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Benefits of Alternative Health Treatments

Benefits of Alternative Health Treatments
by Anne Woodland

More and more people are turning to alternate therapies today. Whereas, integrated therapies combine mainstream medical treatments with complementary or alternative therapies, for which some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and efficacy now exists. The alternative therapies are known to provide certain types of services that aren't available within conventional medicine. Alternative therapies that you could try would be naturopathy, massages, homeopathy, diets, faith healing, music therapy, folk medicine and the like. It is the belief that these therapies will have some curative effect on the disease that leads to the use of therapies over conventional medicine.


You can gain a sense of control over your health through alternative health therapies that improves general quality of life by making you feel better about yourself. Reducing and eliminating tension, stress, anxiety, depression and sleeplessness, causes the person to feel a sense of well-being and relaxation. Alternative health therapies can help you to reduce all of the symptoms that are associated with cancer, like feeling sick, pain, constipation, breathlessness, tiredness, diarrhea, and poor appetite along with moderating all of the side effects that are associated with the traditional treatment for cancer.

They alleviate pain which could conceal a grave situation and this is a possibility as today they are frequently used with traditional medicine. For example, there are some support groups for cancer, that offer all of these therapies for free or for a small fee and there are some hospices and hospitals that provide these as a special part of the care for cancer, right alongside of the conventional treatments for cancer like radiotherapy or chemotherapy. Several of the people that now have cancer are known to use all of these therapies in order to help support them throughout the stages of cancer and the treatment itself. These therapies are very valuable in that they identify and support spiritual and emotional characteristics and physical features, but they should not be used as the only alternative line of treatment.

More than billion is spent by the Americans annually on vitamins and herbs which are alternative health products. The recent studies that were conducted by Phillips, Tindle, Eisenberg and Davis, reflected that there was roughly seventy two million adults within the United States that use alternative and complementary therapies. The studies conducted by Herman, Craig and Caspi in 2005 also show an out of pocket spend of about billion annually on these therapies.

It is very essential to find out which alternative treatment is required by your particular type of problem, how comfortable are you with it and how effective will it be. Individual therapies have been proven to improve the quality of life for many people with Motor Neuron Disease (MND), these can include: acupuncture, aromatherapy, homeopathy, hypnotherapy, massage, meditation, reiki and reflexology. It is always a good idea to consult your physician before considering any of the alternative therapies available, and it is important to double check that any additional treatment undertaken will not adversely affect any current treatment program you are on.

When integrating alternative therapies with conventional treatment and therapies, it is extremely important to be honest and open with the treating health care team and physician. Find out from your physician if any of these alternative therapies are available at his clinic or hospital. You could even find out from your physician if he is qualified to practice any of these therapies. Maybe they will be able to recommend some precise practitioners or therapies as more doctors are convinced that in today's society, complementary medicine has a place. These types of therapies help some people in fighting with the side effects of conventional treatment like anxiety and gives them hope and control over life.


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