Understanding When to Use Alternative Healing Techniques Over Traditional Techniques

Have you already felt too much pain from your toothache that you can’t even get yourself to the nearest clinic or dentist? Have you been experiencing chronic pain and your prescribed medications can’t seem to help? Or are you feeling too stressed out that you’re already getting sick?

These actually are among some of the reasons why a patient might resort to alternative healing or treatments. In recent years, alternative medicine and therapies have become popular. The rise in popularity of alternative healing can be due to several benefits that a patient can get from taking the alternative route.

What Is Alternative Healing?

According to the website webmd.com, alternative medicine or healing is a term that describes medical treatments that are used instead of traditional or mainstream therapies. Some people also refer to it as “integrative” or “complementary” medicine.

Below are some of the benefits of alternative healing:

Alleviates Pain

One of the most common benefits of alternative healing is its ability to relieve pain. One good example of pain where alternative healing can be used is the one caused by toothache. If you are unable to go to your nearest dental clinic yet, you can try using some alternative remedies first. Some of these are commonly readily available in every household. Some of the home  remedies you can try for a toothache are vanilla, almond, peppermint, or lemon extracts; oils like sunflower oil, sesame oil, oregano oil, nutmeg oil, clove oil, or tea tree oil; leaves and roots like peppermint leaves, garlic, or ginger; and salt in  hot water solution.

Additionally, tooth decay can also be naturally cured through the use of clove oil or salt solution.

Aside from toothache and tooth decay, chronic back pain can also be relieved through some alternative healing techniques. For some people, their prescribed painkillers don’t work so they resort to alternative healing and therapies like acupuncture, chiropractic treatment, massages, and hypnosis.

Heals Skin Rashes

There are several home remedies for skin rashes. The following can be used as treatment for skin rashes: olive oil, baking soda, oatmeal, aloe vera, cold compress, apple cider vinegar, chamomile, neem, calendula, and coriander.

Stress Reliever

Some alternative healing also reduces stress. Massages, yoga, and meditation are some of them. These therapies mostly focus on relaxation. The intention is to refresh your tired body and soul. Since stress can cause some diseases, some people regularly get a massage or do some yoga exercises to de-stress.

Helps in Psychological and Mental Health

Apart from relieving stress, there are also some alternative healing techniques that could help a person psychologically like in cases of depression, anxiety, and others. There are music and art therapy which can help relieve symptoms of depression. These kinds of therapies can trigger the release of the happy hormone endorphins in the brain. Thus, the person undergoing the therapy can feel happiness and lessen depression or anxiety.

Alternative Treatment for Cancer

Modern science and technology are still not able to find cure for cancer.  Research is still in progress. While chemotherapy can help a cancer patient, this could cause side effects like nausea and vomiting. Alternative therapy can help ease some of the side effects of chemotherapy. Acupuncture is one of those that can alleviate nausea and vomiting among patients undergoing chemotherapy. A lot of people undergoing chemo resort to alternative healing because not only they get relieved from pain, but also they can experience improvement in their well-being as a whole. They are able to relax and reduce the anxiety feeling caused by the currently still incurable disease that they have. This could have positive effects and might prolong the life span of the patient.

Although these alternative treatments are already popular, it is still advisable to consult your doctor before undergoing some of these alternatives. Depending on the ailment, there may be some alternative treatments that might cause some side effects.