5 Popular Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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Feb 24, 2011
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  • Alternative therapies incorporate the body, mind and spirit into healing.
  • Yoga offers many therapeutic and health benefits.
  • Tai chi is one of the best alternative medicine for self-awareness.
  • Aromatherapy has a wide range of psychological and physical benefits.

Traditional and alternative practices have become increasingly popular over the years. Alternative therapies incorporate the body, mind and spirit into healing and treatments. An open mind regarding the use of herbs, ancient forms of healing and medicine in conjunction with traditional forms of medical care can give you a spectrum of health benefits.

 

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Here are some of the most popular alternative therapies.

 

Yoga

Without a doubt, yoga is the most popular alternative therapy. The practice offers many therapeutic and health benefits, such as relieving stress, dispelling fatigue and correcting muscular or joint misalignments.

 

Tai chi

Tai chi, a martial art originally from China has evolved as a type of alternative therapy as well. It is referred to as moving meditation as practitioners move their bodies slowly, gently, and with awareness. The alternative technique should start under guidance of a trained practitioner as it can have side effects and give you sore muscles or sprains.

 

Alexander technique

It is an alternative medicine and educational discipline that helps better posture and movement, and enables use muscles efficiently. Alexander technique focuses on body coordination, and psychological principles of awareness. It helps you with general self-improvement that influences poise, impulse control and attention.

 

Aromatherapy

This alternative technique uses volatile plant oils, including essential oils to improve a person's mood, cognitive function and health. Aromatherapy has a wide range of psychological and physical benefits. There are certain essential oils used in aromatherapy which are potent against infectious diseases. At present, aromatherapy is being used in pain management, anxiety/depression and Alzheimer's disease.

 

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Bach flower remedies

Bach flower remedies are used primarily for emotional and spiritual conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress. The practitioners of this alternative therapy consider that the remedies have an "energetic" nature of the flower and that this can be transmitted to the user.

 

 

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