Do you wish you had more possibilities for taking care of your mental, physical, and emotional health?
Guess what?! You do!
By exploring the many reasons people seek alternative medical practices, you can better understand your own options, talk to your doctor about your healthcare goals, and learn new ways to protect your well-being.
Choosing alternative medicine is a personal choice, and may be based on:
A desire to stay connected to long-standing medical traditions
A need to reduce adverse side effects from conventional drugs
A wish to lower your risk of addiction
Longing for a more holistic approach to wellness
The understanding that your mental and emotional health influences your physical well-being
A spiritual journey
Greater scientific understanding of the efficacy of alternative practices
A need to have greater control over your health choices
A desire to connect more deeply with your healthcare provider
Did You Know?
The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 80 percent of the world’s population uses holistic naturopathic medicine as their primary form of healthcare.
Most people never look at the side effects of over-the-counter medications or even prescription drugs, yet these are some of the leading causes of health problems in older people.
74% of Americans desire a more natural approach to health care.
Most medical schools now offer or require courses on alternative and natural approaches to healing.
Holistic and natural forms of healing the body have existed since the beginning of human history, yet scientists have only recently begun rigorously studying many of these practices to determine their effectiveness.
The most common forms of alternative medicine are now considered mainstream, including the use of nutritional supplements, massage, acupuncture, and meditation.
Alternative and complementary medicine can be useful for treating all types of patients, including children and the elderly. Some are even appropriate for women who are pregnant or nursing.
Most people think little about their health until a problem develops. But, if we routinely take diligent care of our health, the aging process has little effect on us.
The use of holistic and alternative medical practices is on the rise, with nearly 13 percent of people reporting the use of deep breathing, 9 percent using meditation, and 6 percent using yoga regularly, but these numbers are steadily rising each year.
According to a survey from the National Institutes of Health, 33 percent of adults used some form of complementary or alternative health approaches in 2012.
Alternative practices can be used to treat pain, inflammation, joint problems, stress, and much more.
Those who practice more proactive health management are much less likely to get sick with common diseases such as the flu or colds.
Those who are stronger advocates for their own healthcare choices experience better outcomes when facing serious or life-threatening illnesses or injuries.
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