Alternative Medicine is the name given to types of medicine that are not based on scientific evidence, but are based on traditional or historic types of healing. There are many different types of alternative medicine. Different methods are used in different places. Let's take a look at some popular types of alternative medicine!
This is an ancient Chinese treatment. It involves inserting needles into different points in the body. It is believed that stimulating certain points on the body can help reduce pain and make the patient feel better. Acupuncture is used to help patients recover and reduce the feelings of nausea after operations.
This type of treatment is concerned with the system of the body that includes the skeleton and the muscles. Chiropractic treatment includes manipulating the spine to treat headaches, back pain and neck pain. Chiropractic therapists can also suggest exercises and lifestyle changes that can improve health.
Homoeopathy is a form of treating people by giving them diluted natural substances. These substances cause symptoms to be shown in healthy people. A patient will receive a remedy that causes the same symptoms (in a healthy person) as their illness. These remedies are given to people in the form of small white tablets.
Hypnotherapy is the treatment of people using hypnosis. Hypnosis is a special way of making people sleep by deeply relaxing them or putting them in a trance. While patients are hypnotised they are given suggestions that are believed to assist recovery and improve health.
The treatment of people using massage is known as massage therapy. Massage is a useful form of therapy and can help people heal, relax and feel good. There are many different types of massage that can help people including Thai massage, Swedish massage and Deep Tissue Massage.
Reflexology is the treatment of patients by applying pressure to the feet, ears or hands. Different parts of the hands and feet correspond to other areas of the body. Reflexologists believe that applying pressure to these parts can have a positive effect on the health of the patient.
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