Today you will find many people are looking outside of conventional western medicine to treat their illnesses, conditions, and diseases. Western medicine does not have a holistic or integrative approach to healing, unlike alternative health practices. Western medicine views illness as either mental or physical and treats it as such. Traditionally Eastern medicine does not approach healing as separates issues that are to be addressed in an ailing human being. Alternative Health treatment in Eastern Medicine has a more comprehensive approach. When dealing with an alternative health treatment there is the approach that the whole being is out of balance and balance needs to be restored to enable healing.
Many people today are starting to feel that the western medical system of healing is too mechanical, based on one-shoe fits for all no exceptions, dogmatic, and totally compartmentalized. People don’t necessarily want drugs to mask or treat just the symptoms they are facing which is called palliative. Eastern medicine as an alternative medical treatment treats to eliminate the source of imbalance to cure the illness rather than just mask the symptoms with medication alone. There are many concerns these days about drugs and the side effects they cause, some of these side effects cause more harm than the actual disease.
There are many cultures that have alternative medical treatment as part of their traditions. These alternative medical practices have been used for thousands of years. Regardless of geographic location, these types of alternative health treatments have one thing in common; they all look to balance a person’s body to a harmonious state of health.
Ayurveda or “Science of Life” is considered the oldest known alternative health systems. As an alternative health treatment system, Ayurveda focuses on balancing energy as opposed to treating symptoms of an illness. It is a body/mind/spirit approach to healing. In this system, bodily health is determined by three biological principles called “doshas”. The three Doshas are Vata, which regulates movement, Pitta, which regulates metabolism, and Kapha, which regulates structure. When any of these things are not functioning properly or out of balance we experience illness and disease. The doshas are also aligned with the elements. Vata is Air, Pitta is fire and Kapha is water. When one of these doshas is out of balance one is given a whole regimen from diet, herbal medicine to exercises to balance one back to health.
Another popular alternative health treatment is Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. Chinese medicine, another ancient comprehensive system is premised on the concept that qi or life force energy flows throughout the body. The body is composed of negative and positive polarities called Yin and Yang. When the polarities are out of balance and create a blockage in the flow of qi then illness results. So in Chinese medicine to balance one’s body back various alternative health treatments are used such as acupuncture, herbs, and nutrition to rebalance the polarities to enable qi to flow freely.
Other alternative health treatments include Herbology, the use of herbs to cure and treat illnesses, homeopathy, where the dilute concentration of various natural substances are given in the alternative health treatment, and Naturopathic Medicine which incorporates many types of natural approaches is available as an alternative health treatment to conventional western medicine. Using an alternative health treatment does not mean that you still cannot go to a regular doctor. But it can be used as a compliment if you are getting conventional treatment as well. I am a believer that two heads are better than one. Let both practitioners know what you are doing so there is no conflict with medications and herbs.