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A Growing Number of Older Americans Utilize Alternatives to Medicine

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In today's America, everyone is searching for ways to stay young, healthy and in shape. Research and studies tend to focus on scientifically proven areas of care, though a growing sect has been helping the elderly find alternative methods to treat their illnesses and deal with pain. There are many types of alternative medicines and therapies people swear by. The following is a list of some of the more effective non-traditional treatments available:

Acupuncture – has been used for over 2,000 years with its roots in China. And has now become common in the U.S. Covered by many insurance carriers, seniors may not have to pay out of pocket. The acupuncturist inserts tiny needles into different pressure points along the body called meridians. When inserted they cause no pain for the patient or bleeding but have been shown to relieve pain, nausea, high blood pressure, asthma, enlarged discs, and internal swelling. There are also few if any side effects of this method. A typical session can last anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes and you usually have to go back six to 12 times.

Biofeedback – through an electronic monitoring device that helps identify the circumstances that trigger symptoms, individuals are taught how to avoid or cope with these stressful events. Most are encouraged to change their habits, and some are trained in special techniques for gaining such self-control. Biofeedback is not magic. It cannot cure disease or by itself make a person healthy. It is a tool, one of many available to health care professionals. It confirms that behavior, thoughts, and feelings profoundly influence physical health. And it helps both patients and doctors understand that they must work together as a team.

Reiki – or "healing hands" allows someone to channel or focus their body’s own natural energy fields by laying their hand near or on someone to stimulate healing. Even though this may seem like something out of a science fiction novel, it has been used for hundreds of years and is now practiced in many medical centers in America.

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