Alternative medicine is fast emerging as a serious option to the western medicine system, for its natural, gentle and holistic approach to healing. This article introduces a few of the more popular alternative methods to help find the one that resonates with you.

Are you sick of regular doctors and just want to be healed without all the drugs and their associated side effects? There is currently a massive undercurrent in society away from regular “western” doctors and towards “alternative” healing methods. However there are so many varieties of alternative medicine out there that it can be a huge challenge to sort the quacks from the genuine healers. Here is some background to the major alternative modalities and what they can do for you.

Chiropractors are so well known now that they have almost graduated to the mainstream of medicine, however they are still considered as “alternative medicine” by a wide range of people who think of them as little more than “bone crackers”. On the contrary, chiropractors are highly qualified professionals who have an indepth understanding of the human body and approach it as a holistic system. They can deal with muscle pains by massage and stretching exercises. They have also had great success with arthritis and other joint problems as well as the more commonly known spinal adjustment procedures. These adjustments can actually help far more than just backache however. Relief from chronic headaches and migraines can be achieved through relieving the pressure that vertebrates can place on the nerves and muscles. Chiropractors do not ever just randomly crack the bones. They first assess the problem area, then relax the muscles around it, and perform careful and gentle spell realignment that may be causing muscle and nerve issues. Research has found that as far as alternative medicine is concerned, chiropractic patients have significantly fewer recurrence symptoms than standard western medicine patients.

Homeopathy is another form of alternative medicine that is based on the concept that “like cures like”. In other words, it is possible to heal a symptom in a person by giving them minute portions of the same thing that made them sick. One example of this is Allium Cepa, a homeopathic remedy that is created from angles. Just as on cause cause watery eyes and nose, this remedy is associated with healing symptoms of hay fever. Once again, this is no quackery. In fact accurate assessment of symptoms and choosing the right remedy in homeopathy is a highly specialized and complex skill requiring deep understanding and years of practice. Homeopathic remedies are excellent at solving chronic symptoms that western medicine has failed to cure. In many cases this can be achieved with just a few days of the correct remedy. Many who use this alternative medicine swear by it and never use any other remedies for their health issues.

Naturopaths a true holistic healers, and look at the human body as a whole system where everything is interdependent. When present with a person who is sick, a naturopath will look for the root cause of the disease, no matter whether it is in the mind, body or spirit. They then use a range of treatment techniques to heal the root of the problem, ranging from nutrition and herbal medicine to the use of homeopathic remedies. The philosophy of naturopathy rests on the promise that the body will innately try to heal itself, so by supporting this healing, long term solutions can be found to both chronic and temporary conditions.

Aside from these three common alternative medicine modalities, there are a wide range of other approaches that are slowly emerging into the mainstream. These include acupuncture, reiki, Chinese medicine, kinesiology and far more. Every person who must find the system that works best for them, however the great part is that there is now a real and effective alternative to western medicine, with its copious side effects and single-symptom approach.