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Alternative Medicine

What is Alternative medicine?
In most of the modern world, medical treatment is by allopathic medicine and surgery. So, all other forms of medicine are generally grouped under the term "alternative medicine". But, in India, a large portion of the population still follows ancient systems of medicine such as Ayurveda and Unani. So, it would not be absolutely correct to say that they could be categorised as alternative medicine.
Other than Allopathy, the types of treatment followed are:-
Ayurveda, Unani, Acupuncture, Siddha, Homeopathy, Pranic healing, Reiki and others. Holistic medicine attempts at the physical and mental well-being of a person as a whole, and not just treatment of any particular organ or disease.
What is the method of practice in these systems?
Some of these systems use herbs, extracts and so on. With the knowledge passed from times immemorial the patients are treated with extracts of many naturally occuring substances. Physiotherapy and massage with herbal oils plays a major part in these forms of treatment. Restricted diet and avoidance of certain types of food is common practice. Others like acupuncture stimulate certain specific points in the body to have a desired physical effect. Yet others believe in using the power of the mind of the patient to control one's physical problems. This is done by creating positive vibrations.
Can one resort to these forms of treatment?
Many people in India follow the Indian system of medicine with success. But in instances where there are acute infections or medical emergencies,  it would be advisable to resort to the conventional system of medicine and surgery. The keywords to remember are: Knowledge and common sense. Most often, dietary regualtion and healthy practices like breathing exercise and avoidance of smoking & alchohol themselves have a beneficial effect while following alternative medicine. For eg; salt restricted diet can reduce simple hypertension. "Miracle Cures" are just that! We have heard of people with AIDS becoming HIV negative or those suffering from advanced stages of cancer reverting to a healthy state after being treated by alternative systems. But, unless these are proved by scientific methods, one cannot comment on them.
Even when you follow any of these systems, it is advisable to follow just one system at a time so you will know whether they are effective or not.






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