11 directions alternative medicine
Few people would guess to appeal to balneoterapia if a rash on the face and reflexologist when asthma attack. And no matter how stupid it may seem from the outside, alternative medicine is rapidly gaining popularity in the United States.
As a rule, the term “alternative medicine” implies a method of medical treatment not generally accepted for the West. Moreover, complementary and alternative therapies is quite difficult to classify, mainly because of the extremely large differences between them. They use all sorts of diets and exercises, hypnosis, chiropractic treatments and acupuncture. Technically, “alternative” treatments are those used instead of conventional; and, using the same procedures at the same time with the standard, they receive the name “complementary”.
The benefits (and lack thereof) of alternative therapies are often hotly contested. To determine the effectiveness of these techniques need more research, but the lack of scientifically confirmed results does not stop people from wanting to reap the benefits of alternative medicine. In 2008, more than 38% of Americans turned to one or another technique of alternative medicine.
Acupressure– a relative of acupuncture for the difference that it does not employ a needle. Professionals use their hands, elbows and even feet to apply pressure to specific points located along “meridians” – the directional lines of the body. According to the theory, which is based on the technique of acupressure, meridians are channels of movement of energy qi (or Chi) through the body of the person. The disease occurs when one of these meridians is blocked or out of balance. Acupressure should remove this block, so that the energy could easily circulate the body, keeping it health. And although it requires more detailed investigation, the first trial tests have yielded positive results: acupressure helps to relieve nausea in patients undergoing chemotherapy, and reduce anxiety in people awaiting surgery.
Although the word “acupuncture” is strongly associated with needles, the term originally describes a range of procedures that stimulate specific points on the body. The most well-known combination consists of acupuncture, performed by a specialist, or stimulation of the points by electric impulses and applies several million Americans a year. Despite its popularity, the effectiveness of acupuncture causes heated debate. Some studies support its use for chronic pain and depression. but unequivocal evidence of positive effects in other conditions not yet discovered.
In aromatherapy as a means of treatment of used oils (concentrated extracts of roots, leaves, seeds and flowers of plants). These oils breathe, rubbed with massage into the skin or (rarely) drink inside, and each has its specific properties: some are used to treat inflammations and infections, while others promote relaxation. Research suggests that aromatherapy can ease pain, depression, and nervous excitement, but official confirmation of the use of aromatherapy at the moment are not yet available.
Ayurvedic medicine comes from India, and its history dates back several millennia. Experts use a combination of techniques, including the use of herbs, massage, special diets with the goal to establish a harmony between body, mind and soul of a person to achieve health. Studies of Ayurveda are few and too divided (probably due to a large number of techniques used) to create a complete picture of the useful effects of this system on the human body.
Also known as hydrotherapy, balneotherapy involves the use of water for therapeutic purposes dates back to about 1700 BC, This practice is based on the idea that the water is skin-friendly and therefore can treat different skin diseases, e.g. acne, and also to relieve the pain and swelling, reduce psychological stress and anxiety. In this practice, apply the mineral and mud baths, intestinal lavage and wraps. Proponents of this technique cite examples of how water has contributed to the strengthening of the immune system, although research on this topic, direct evidence has not yet discovered.