It seems as though our Western society is finally waking up to the great potential of natural health alternative, which is simply using natural methods to treat and prevent illness.
These natural treatments could be anything from using herbal remedies, to massage therapy, acupuncture, aromatherapy, meditation, etc. Basically anything that incorporates only natural methods and that includes a complete approach of mind, body, spirit, and environment to the cure and prevention of diseases.
Prevention is a big part of this concept. Western medicine tends to concentrate only on resolving a problem after it’s started: reactive. Whereas natural approaches focus more on the lifestyle habits that will prevent a problem in the first place: proactive.
For too many years our health professionals would stubbornly and arrogantly refuse to accept anything ‘natural’ could actually work as well as the man made alternatives, which if you really stop to think about is very shortsighted and foolish.
Many of these natural remedies have been around for centuries and there is significant proof that they do work and usually without the unpleasant and potentially dangerous side effects of pharmaceuticals.
The truly ironic thing is that many prescription drugs are just man made derivatives of a plant. Basically the pharmaceutical companies found that a certain herb could relieve a illness and they found a way to synthesize the healing properties of the herb and make a man made alternative. All the while denouncing these herbal remedies as ineffectual and potentially dangerous!
The good news is that there is a growing resurgence in the use of alternative medicine. Many main stream doctors are even beginning to incorporate some of these treatments into their practices. It’s not as uncommon anymore for your doctor to actually refer you to a chiropractor, for example.
This new found willingness to try other methods for health care is welcome, and probably inevitable After all, we’ve had some very high profile instances recently of drugs that had FDA approval being recalled. We’ve always known, but took for granted, the many side effects of a lot of the medicines we were being prescribed.
My mother was on so many medications that had so many side effects she had to actually take more medicine to help her deal with the side effects of the pills she was already taking!
With so many people getting back to basics and interested in going green now is a great time to explore the world of natural health alternative. These remedies have been around for centuries and incorporate the whole mind, body and spirit to not only treat an illness but to prevent one as well. Find a doctor locally who has an open mind and is willing to explore all options available to help you stay healthy.