In the western world we rely almost entirely on modern medicine to cure all ills. However, evidence has been growing for many years confirming the ability of many traditional and alternative medicines to prevent and treat a host of common ailments. These alternative medicines have for to long been at the edge of conventional medicine. This slow change on stance is something that I am strongly in favour of as I think we to often ignore the power of well being and forget the crafts of the past.
Gaining endorsements from institutions as the National Institutes of Health is a vital step forward for alternative medicine. This in itself will mean people will have to stand up and listen to the evidence which will help the many who have been pushing these methods for many years. It will also help overcome the normal problem of profit driven solutions that often impair the correct outcome. Hopefully the best treatment will come to the fore rather than the most profitable for multi-national corporations.
These alternative methods have much to recommend them. They are kind on your body and can in many cases replace prescription drugs. They are a safer compared too much modern medicine that is available and other conventional treatments. Importantly they cost nothing or very little and are more often than not less expensive than traditional care and, increasingly, covered by insurance.
Some examples of the uses of alternative medicine are:
Bromelain for Cuts and Bruises where a medicinal compound extracted from the stem and juice of the pineapple plant speeds healing of acute injuries such as cuts and bruises. Furthermore, Bromelain is a digestive enzyme (it is also used as a meat tenderizer) and so helps ease indigestion if taken with food. Rhodiola for anxiety, Green tea for rheumatoid arthritis, Tai chi for insomnia where the slow, meditative exercise regimen, originally developed as a martial art in China more than 2,500 years ago and practiced widely across Asia today, improves sleep quality in adults with moderate insomnia, Massage for depression, Tree hugging to assist in curing cancer and other diseases.
I think a sensible approach when you are feeling ill would in the first instance be to go a normal doctor, so he or she can make sure you do not have a serious problem. The diagnostic technology Western medicine offers is in many instances superior and allows you to make sure you are not overlooking a serious illness.
However, if you do not have a such a serious illness for example, back ache, chronic headaches, tension, mild stress, then I would suggest you give alternative medicine a try first. Many of these medicines do work very well, because many of these chronic problems are lifestyle related and western medicine unfortunately rarely addresses this aspect.
I hope in the future that rather than mock and laugh at these alternative medicines that the Western World decides on treatments that combine old traditional ‘alternative’ medicines with modern solutions.
This I feel will provide a much better world for us all.