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10 Alternative Treatments and Medicines Explained

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At one time, alternative medicine was largely unfamiliar to the average American. But some of these therapies have been coming into their own in recent years.

Here are 10 alternative treatments which are becoming more popular:

1) Acupressure

Acupressure is believed to remove blockages or restores balance by enhancing energy flow. Pressure is applied with elbows, hands or feet on points along meridians, which are considered to be channels through which chi (life force) moves.

Acupressure may ease anxiety for some. Chemotherapy patients may experience less nausea, according to an article on PubMed.

In a study of 424 breast cancer survivors, acupressure was seen to ease fatigue by 27-34 percent after breast cancer treament. The study was published in JAMA Oncology.

2) Acupuncture

Thin needles are used on specific points on the body with the intent to restore health and bring energy into balance. Millions of people in the United States go for acupuncture according to greatist.com.

WebMD.com reported that acupuncture may reduce vomiting after chemotherapy, and may reduce chronic pain from issues like headache, lower back pain, and osteoarthritis in the knees.

3) Aromatherapy

Essential oils containing concentrated extracts are inhaled, taken orally, or massaged on the skin. Aromatherapy for some has relieved anxiety, depression or pain.

4) Ayurvedic Medicine

Techniques are rooted in practices from India that are thousands of year old. Diets, herbs and massage are said to balance body, mind and spirit.

The intent is to reduce pain, defend against disease and enhance general wellbeing. Take care to make sure the treatments do not contain harmful ingredients such as lead or mercury.

5) Chiropractic

11 Alternative Medicines Explained. Greatist.com. Retrieved July 6, 2016.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Overview. WebMD.com. Retrieved July 6, 2016.

Acupressure reduced fatigue in breast cancer survivors. Sciencedaily.com. Retrieved July 10, 2016. Journal Reference: Richard E. Harris, PhD. Investigation of 2 Types of Self-administered Acupressure for Persistent Cancer-Related Fatigue in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Oncology, July 2016 DOI: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2016.186

Herbal Medicine. Dr. Weil.com. Retrieved July 10, 2016.

Traditional Chinese Medicine: In Depth. NCCIH.NIH.gov. Retrieved July 6, 2016.

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