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Alternative Medicine Practices

Pragya T
Alternative medicine refers to a huge range of therapeutic practices. Let us look at the various alternative medical systems.
Allopathy refers to the old practice of medicine, which is the most dominant form of health care today. However, as more and more people are becoming aware of allopathy side effects, people are switching to different types of alternative medicines.
A glance at the history will show the various healing benefits using herbs, massages, or spiritual healing methods. Here are various types of alternative medical branches that will help you understand it better.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine also known as TCM, includes a range of different traditional medicinal practices which originated in China. TCM is the standard care in the Orient for over 3000 years and includes various methods of healing like - acupuncture, diet, herbal medicines, physical movement like Tai chi, and massage techniques.


Aromatherapy includes use of various essential oils, which help to relieve pain, reduce stress, help to improve mood, and improve overall health. You can find aromatherapy oils in many health care stores, you can pick an oil for its healing properties. Some of the best aromatherapy oils are lavender oil, tea tree oil, and frankincense oil.


Ayurveda originated more than 5,000 years ago in India, and it predates all other medical systems known to us. In Ayurveda a person's body type is taken into consideration and then selective method is used for treatment. It has remedies and cures for almost all kinds of illness, right from basic pain-relieving medicines to medicines that can cure cancer.

Crystal Healing

In crystal healing magnificent stones which have healing powers are used. These stones can help to improve your mood and help you get rid of stress. Many stones also help to clean and revitalize the aura. Here is some more information on crystal healing.

Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine also known as herbalism is an old treatment method which uses various herbs and plant extracts, which have special healing, aromatic, or therapeutic properties. You can find many dried or fresh herbs which you can use to make teas, paste, or syrups, or simply use herbs in cooking to flavor various dishes.
You can also grow a herb garden which takes very less space, and use the medicinal herbs for different ailments.


In homeopathy, minute doses of a natural extract are used to produce signs and symptoms of the illness, which stimulates the body's defenses that leads to a stronger healthier balance of internal chemistry.


Hypnotherapy has many benefits and can help to cure certain illness which can be psychological or physiological, without use of any medication. It can help to quit smoking or in weight loss. In this technique of healing an altered state of consciousness in the patient can be administered either by a practitioner or by the person itself.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy can greatly help to relax your body and mind, it can help to get rid of toxins from the body, purify the skin, and even help in weight loss. There are hundreds of techniques of massage and you can get a relaxing or stimulating massage at any health spa and combine it with sauna to get more health benefits.


Many meditation techniques have been developed by different people. You can use tantra, yoga, zen, Tibetan, or a basic breathing technique to help you balance the mind. A meditation technique which suits you can help to reduce stress, and enhance your life by bringing balance and wellness to it.


Naturopathy refers to using natural substances to prevent and cure diseases. By following naturopathy one can increase body's resistance power greatly. Most naturopathy practitioners implement elements from various alternative techniques which helps to create good health using, acupuncture, herbs, massage, etc.


Reiki is a form of spiritual healing in which a reiki practitioner uses his/her energy for healing a person. Reiki or energy medicine is combined with diet therapy or herbal/homeopathic remedies to help bring balance to a person's physical and emotional health.


Reflexology is science of healing touch in which pressure to certain points in the body are applied to treat various ailments. Our body when suffering from any illness is under a lot of stress or sustained injuries, using reflexology the body can be brought back to a balanced state.
Make sure you consult your doctor before switching from your current medication to a certain alternative medicine.
Disclaimer: This story is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.